Monitoring Attendance & Punctuality

Regular attendance and good punctuality are essential if students are to attain their full potential.

Personal Achievement Tutors and Subject Tutors keep daily registers and all absences are recorded. Parents will be contacted if tutors feel there is a cause for concern. A text message will be sent to parents/guardians by 5.30pm to notify them of any absences from classes.

Reporting Absences

All absences should be reported to the college each day. We have two ways in which you can let us know about an absence, by SMS or by telephone.
For sickness absences of more than 1 week students are required to provide their Personal Achievement Tutor with a medical certificate. This period of time will be recorded as unauthorised. The number to call is 01744 452200.

If we already have your contact details as a parent, simply text the word ‘ABSENT’ to 63666, followed by the reason for the absence. We will then reply to you with a confirmation message to acknowledge your request. There is no cost for this service from us. Your network provider may however charge you at the standard network rate of 1 UK text message and a service access charge depending on your phone plan. Please check with your mobile operator for a full cost breakdown. If you haven’t given your contact details and you would like to sign up for this service, please contact us on 01744 452200 and we will be happy to help. This service is only available from within the UK and is available to registered parents and guardians of students studying at Carmel College.

By phone
You can also contact us by phone to let us know of an absence by contacting us on 01744 452200, selecting option 1.

Authorised Absences

The college will authorise absence for college related activities such as trips, fieldwork, work experience, study leave and examinations.

A limited number of other types of absence are also classified as authorised including university open days, hospital / orthodontist appointments, driving / theory tests, funeral, religious holidays. Students need to provide evidence and an Authorised Absence Form must be completed and signed by the Personal Achievement Tutor.

Routine medical and dental check-ups or driving lessons will not be authorised. Dental and Medical check ups are to be arranged outside of college where possible. Students may use a free period if this is not possible.


Holidays in term time will be recorded as unauthorised; such absences are not approved by the college.

Holiday Request Forms are available from Student Services. These should always be completed in advance for holidays during term time.

Term Dates