Furze Platt Senior School promotes the importance of good attendance to all students. Excellent attendance is celebrated in the end of term assemblies. The school works closely with the Education Welfare Service to ensure all students attend regularly.
If your child is absent please telephone the automated absence line (01628 625308 then press 4 when advised) on each day of absence from the school so that we are aware that he/she is ill.
When your child returns to school, please provide a written explanation addressed to your child’s form tutor. If the school does not receive an absence note or telephone call to explain a student’s absence, that absence will be marked in the register as unauthorised and a letter will be sent to the parent requesting an explanation.
If your child is taken ill or is involved in an accident during the day, he/she will be cared for by the school’s first aid staff until we can contact a parent or guardian.
Please ensure that the school has an up to date emergency contact number so that we can reach you in the event of an emergency.
If your child needs to take medication during the day, it should be clearly labelled with the child’s name and form and left in the Sick Bay. We are not allowed to give students painkillers without authorisation from a parent/guardian.
Request for Absences in Term Time
There is a very clear link between attendance rates and high achievement. Except in the most exceptional circumstances, holidays during term time will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and may result in a fine being issued. Parents should make an appointment to discuss any such requests with Mr Sheppard, Deputy Headteacher, before the holiday is booked.
The parents of students who have not arrived in school are contacted by telephone on the first day of absence. Where telephone contact is not possible a letter is sent. The parents are contacted again on the third day of absence for an update. The Education Welfare Officer (EWO) and Head of House are notified of any student who is absent for more than 3 days without explanation.
Students whose attendance falls below 90% are discussed with the EWO and interviews with students and parents are arranged as appropriate.
At 8.40am a warning bell rings and students are expected to be in school. By 8.45am students are expected to be in their tutor rooms. After 9.10am your child must report to the Sick Bay to sign in.
Lateness to registration and lessons is recorded electronically. Lateness is taken seriously. Any time missed each week is added together and is caught up in a weekly detention.