At Nailsea we work hard with students to ensure they are the best that they can be. As part of our commitment to the students we closely monitor attendance and punctuality and work with students and their families to ensure students are in school on time, every time.

Being in school and having the best attendance possible underpins all the many benefits of school for your child, such as their learning, wellbeing and wider development.

It goes without saying that those students with outstanding attendance, are most likely to achieve their full potential. Developing a good attitude to this important part of school life will not only help them now but also as adults in the world of work.

Students with 100% Attendance:

Benefits of High Attendance include:

  • Good progress
  • It gives students the best chance of being successful at school
  • Evidence shows students make better progress and get better results than students with poor attendance. For example, in Year 11, an attendance rate of 90% results in underachievement at GCSE examinations by one grade
  • It allows students to be able to be involved in all activities that the school runs
  • It supports students to develop positive social relationships with friends and staff
  • At the start of terms, particularly when classes are new, or where there are planned assessments being held at school, students miss out on key times in their education
  • It promotes a good work ethic
  • It supports a safe lifestyle

Wessex Learning Trust have a target of 96% attendance for all learners:

90% attendance equates to one session (half a day) absence per week. 90% attendance over five years equates to missing half a school year, which is a total of 190 sessions (95 days).

Good Time Keeping

Pupils can come into school from 8.30am and the school day starts promptly at 8.40 a.m. If a child arrives at school after 8.40 a.m. without prior arrangements having been agreed, they will be deemed late.  Registers close at 9.00 a.m. and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

Pupils arriving at school after 8.50 a.m. must enter through the main drive gate and report to the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must report to the reception before they go so that we can ensure that they are signed out. Registers are taken each and every lesson and tutor time. Unexplained absences will be investigated by the attendance officer.

What is expected of Parents / Carers?

  • To keep requests for your child to be absent to a minimum
  • To offer a reason, or medical proof, for any period of absence, preferably before the absence or on the first day of absence
  • To ensure that your child arrives at school on time, a reason should be offered for any lateness
  • To work closely with the School to resolve any problems that may impede a child’s attendance
  • To take family holidays during school holiday periods and be aware that requests for holidays during term time will be refused except in special/exceptional circumstances.
  • To be aware of curriculum requirements and be especially vigilant with regards to attendance during important academic times such as assessment and examinations
  • To support their child and recognise their successes and achievements

For more information regards your responsibility as a parent(s), please follow this link

What to do if Your Child is Ill.

  • Please contact the school on the first day of absence before 8.30am.
  • Please explain the reason for absence and contact the school every day with the reasons.
  • If we don’t receive a phone call, we will phone to establish why your child is not in school. If we are unable to contact you, we will leave a message so that you can confirm the reason for absence


Request for Leave in Term Time

  • Do not book holidays during term time*
  • Please endeavour to not make routine medical and dental appointments during the school day
  • Make sure your child understands that you do not approve of them missing school, but be on the alert for any particular reasons for non-attendance, such as problems with schoolwork or relationship issues that might be troubling them
  • We ask for your support in helping your child arrive in school on time, as late arrival not only means your child is missing out, but can also interrupt the learning of others
  • Take an interest in your child’s education; ask them about their day and praise and encourage their achievements at school. ClassCharts can be a helpful tool in recognising this
  • Government regulations make it clear that parents do not have the right or entitlement to take their child out of school for any leave or absence during term-time. The Headteacher and a Governor may not grant any leave of absence during term-time.

*To request any leave of absence you are asked to complete a request form not less than 4 weeks before the planned absence. This is available from the School Office, or on the school website

To request leave please complete and return this form to the school for consideration:

Poor Attendance

  • Where attendance is a concern, you may be invited to meet with the attendance officer, Head of House or senior leader to discuss this.
  • Poor attendance can lead to a penalty notice fine or court proceedings.
  • If you are having issues with your child’s attendance, we can offer help and support. Please talk to us. We can also ask other agencies to support you.

Attendance Stages

Listed below are the stages taken to support attendance issues. The ClassCharts help guide below will help in looking at your child’s attendance:

Attendance stageActions and communication
0Initial concerns – Ensure parents are aware of further impact of low attendance through email +/or phone call by the tutor
1Concerns continue – Ensure parents are aware of further impact of low attendance due to sustained continuous absence or multiple episodes of absence through pastoral team email +/or phone call and letter sent home.
2Further concerns – next letter sent home detailing the impact specific to that key stage. There have been further absences during the review period.
3Letter 3 sent. Further episodes or periods of absence during review period. Parents/carers invited to attend meeting. Targets set within meeting and identification of underlying barriers to attendance with next steps action plan to support. Further attendances could be unauthorised without medical evidence.
4Targets not being engaged in or adhered to. Letter 4 sent. Reminder that medical evidence is required for any absences and further absences that are unauthorised may result in a fixed penalty notice or prosecution. Pastoral team continuing to support and possible involvement of further internal/external support.
5Targets not being engaged in or adhered to. Parents and carers should continue to meet with pastoral staff. Letter 5 sent. Reminder that medical evidence is required for any absences and further absences that are unauthorised may result in a fixed penalty notice or prosecution. Pastoral team continuing to support and possible involvement of further internal/external support.
6Fixed penalty notice issued. Your local council can give each parent a fine of £60, which rises to £120 each if you do not pay within 21 days. If you do not pay the fine after 28 days you may be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school. Further absences may result in legal proceedings.

Please note that unauthorised term time holiday absence will be included in each stage of the attendance process.