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 by telephone to the college on the 1st day of absence. For absences of more than 1 week students are required to provide their Personal Achievement Tutor with a medical certificate. The number to call is 01744 452200.

Medical or Dental Appointments

Students are asked not to make medical or dental appointment within college time, even though they may have periods of time which appear to be free on the timetable, these should be used for private study.

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.


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