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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.

Student Illness

Absences should be reported via the Class Charts app by 8.40 am or as soon as you are aware your son/daughter will not be attending that day. This should be repeated each day they will be off school. Any absences that we have not received a reason for will be followed up with a call or text message.

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. These should be updated via emailing
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 and carers need to complete an Absence Request Form (click here for a copy) which should be filled in and sent to: The Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) will make decisions re term time absences following the completion of this form.

Unauthorised Absences 

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 or email is sent. Parents are expected to contact the school each day on 01628 625308 selecting option 1 to report a student's absence. 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.

Late Arrivals 

If your child is more than five minutes late to a lesson they must sign in via Main School Reception.
Lateness to registration and lessons is taken seriously and recorded electronically. Parents may receive alerts via ParentMail if their child is repeatedly late.