Attendance and Absence


Regular attendance is vitally important and all the research shows that good attendance is linked to good progress and attainment. Parents clearly have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child attends regularly and we aim to support both students and parents.                                                                       

Initially, your child’s form tutor will speak with your child about attendance below 97% and may contact you at this point. If you child’s attendance falls below 97%, we will write to you expressing more formal concerns and from this point, your child’s attendance will be monitored closely by their form tutor and Head of Year. Should it fall below 92% we would then refer to the BCP Attendance Service who may decide, if appropriate, to take further action. 

The Christchurch Learning Federation Attendance Policy, which follows the Dorset Attendance Service procedures, can be found here.

Planned Absence

In view of the above, absences will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. All other requests (including all holiday requests) are likely to be refused and any absence marked as unauthorised. Please notify us in advance of planned absence by writing to your child’s Head of Year.


Good punctuality is important in all walks of life and we expect all students to arrive by 8.45am every morning for their registration, apart from assembly mornings when students need to be in the hall no later than 8.40am.                     

If a student arrives at school after registration for any reason, then they must report to Reception, explain the reason for the lateness and sign in. This will be recorded on a page in the logbook for our records. Frequent lateness is viewed with the same seriousness as poor attendance and students will receive detentions for frequent lateness.

Leaving Early

If a student needs to leave the school during the day, for whatever reason, then they must sign out at Reception. Students will only be able to do this if a note has been put in their logbook by the parent and this has been countersigned by the tutor.


If a student is feeling ill during the school day, they should ask permission to visit the medical room, where one of our medical team will see them and then decide the best course of action.

What should I do when my son/daughter is absent?

Please telephone the school absence line on 01202 497184 no later than 9am.

If you know in advance that your child needs to be absent (e.g. for a medical or dental appointment) then please do let us know via the absence line.

If for any reason you have been unable to contact the school to explain your child’s absence, then please write a note in their logbook and ask your child should to show this to their form tutor on their return.

What will the school do?

If your child is absent and we have not heard from you then our Attendance Officer will contact you via text message or ring you at home. Please do what you can to respond promptly to these messages.