Absence

At Collyer’s we want all our students to achieve their potential and also to prepare themselves for the next stage of their lives. It is clear that there is a strong correlation between attendance and punctuality in lessons and achievement. We expect all our students to aim for 100% attendance and punctuality and this will be carefully monitored by subject teachers and personal tutors.

Reporting Absence

Absences should only be reported by parents / carers, via email absence@collyers.ac.uk or by calling the Absence Line on 01403 216528.
Students may not report their own absences, however as a courtesy they can inform their subject teachers and / or tutors via email and must catch up missed work.

General absences – email or phone

General absences include: sickness, hospital and doctor appointments, and emergency dentist appointments, funerals, driving tests and university interviews or open days. Non-emergency dentist appointments will not be authorised and should be booked outside of lesson times.

Parents /carers should inform the College of an absence as early as possible and ideally before the lesson or lessons that will be affected by phoning or emailing as above. For absences of more than one day, a phone call or email each morning will be needed. If a student leaves during the day because they are unwell, the parent/carer must confirm this via the Absence Line.

Should you be unable to authorise an absence on the day, then please contact the college within one calendar week (five working days) of the absence. Any queries about the accuracy of registers should be raised in the first instance by the student with the member of staff concerned.

Exceptional absences – email or letter only

Exceptional absences include: holidays, family events (e.g. weddings), religious observance, caring emergencies, bereavements (except single day absence for a funeral – see above), sporting events, external exams and all other exceptional requests. Holidays should not be taken in term-time and the dates are available well in advance on the College website.

In all cases parents /carers must request authorisation from the College in advance via email or letter only. Exceptional absences will not be retrospectively approved. Holiday requests will be considered by the Principal. All other exceptional requests will be considered by the Assistant Principal (Student Support.)