To report a student absence, please call 0191 814 3890 then select option 2
Pupils must be in school by the first bell at 8.25am
8.30-9.00am tutors ensure that morning registration is completed by 9.00am.
Periods 1,2,3,4 & 5 Class teacher responsible to ensure that class registers are taken.
If electronic systems are not working, a tutor/class teacher to ensure a paper register is forwarded to the Education Welfare Officer
Registers are “closed” for the morning session at the beginning of period 1.
The school gates close at 8.30am.
Any pupil arriving late, after the gates are closed should report to Main Reception and sign in with the Senior Leader on duty.
The school operates a “First Day Response System” which means that parents are contacted on the first morning of an unreported absence.
Parents/carers should always telephone school to explain reasons for lateness. This is recorded by the Education Welfare Officer.
Absence notes and medical evidence/information should be delivered directly to Progress Leaders / Education Welfare Officer.
The Education Welfare Officer is responsible for monitoring lateness and sanctions for lateness.
What happens if you are late for school?
If you arrive to school late, after 8.30am, you must enter school via main reception and speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Amount of Lates
15 minute detention
30 minute detention
1 hour Head Teacher detention on a Friday after school.
If lateness continues, parents will be invited into school for a formal meeting with the Education Welfare Officer and Progress Leader to discuss the matter further. This will be a supportive meeting to help unpick why the pupil is arriving late to school. Support, guidance and advice will be shared at this meeting.
If after the first meeting lateness persists, parents will be invited into school for a formal meeting which will involve the Head/Deputy teacher, Education Welfare Officer and Student Support Manager and Progress Leader. A member of the LA and Governing Body will also be invited to discuss the seriousness of the matter and explore the more formal actions which could be taken e.g. fines for persistent lateness.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Our meetings are intended to be supportive. We have a team of qualified staff in school along with a dedicated counsellor. If you are seeking external help it’s important to send in your appointment letters and stay in touch