Attendance and Punctuality

All pupils are expected to be ready, in class, for registration at 8.30am. Parents should be ready to pick them up from class at 3.40pm sharp.

All parents have been issued a letter giving notice of attendance policies. We think it is very important that all our pupils benefit from 190 days of learning to ensure they make progress and achieve the results they should. If a school can improve its attendance by 1%, this can result in a 5-6% improvement in attainment. We are asking you to support the school by ensuring your child achieves excellent attendance.

Here are some of the ways in which you can help our school achieve excellent attendance:

  • Avoid taking your child on term time leave. The school is closed for 14 weeks a year when you can take holidays and travel abroad. Where there are exceptional circumstances for a pupil to be absent during term time, you can make a request to the Attendance Officer at email or phone 020 8385 4390. However, the officer's decision is final. You do not have a right to take term time leave.
  • We expect pupils to arrive at school on time. Late arrivals disrupt the education of others. Pupils arriving after the register has closed will be marked in the register as having an unauthorised absence. The school attendance policy states the time that the attendance register closes in the morning: 20 minutes after registration.
  • We do not expect pupils to come to school when they are sick, but those with regular sickness absence will be expected to provide us with medical evidence before we authorise further absences.
  • Avoid medical and dental appointments during school time.
  • If you or your children are having difficulties that impact on their attendance, please make an appointment with a member of staff to discuss additional support.

We have an expectation that once we have notified you about our concerns, you will ensure that your child’s attendance or punctuality improves significantly. If a pupil continues to have poor attendance or punctuality, we will discuss this with our allocated Education Welfare Officer, and if necessary make a referral to Brent Education Welfare Service.

The Education Welfare Service may issue you with a Formal Warning, an Education Penalty Notice (EPN) or decide to prosecute. If you are issued with an EPN for unauthorised term time leave, you risk receiving a fine from the London Borough of Brent of between £60 - £120. Fines are issued to each parent for each child taken out of school. Failure to pay the notice may result in you being prosecuted at Willesden Magistrates Court for your child’s non-attendance at school for the period in the notice. Formal Warnings or Education Penalty Notices are also issued in cases of persistent unauthorised absence.

Please click here to see our Attendance Policy.