Attendance

Here at QEHS we believe that excellent attendance promotes excellent learning.  Regular school attendance is essential if young people are to achieve their full potential.

We aim for students to have attendance above 96%. Regular school attendance is crucial to allowing young people to maximise the educational opportunities available to them and become emotionally resilient, confident and competent adults who are able to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community.

We value all students and believe they are entitled to an excellent education. As set out in our Attendance Policy, we will work with families to identify the reasons for poor attendance and try to resolve any difficulties. Early intervention will be a priority and we will work closely with the Education Welfare Office where poor attendance does not improve quickly.

Attendance Description Days Lost Per Year Weeks Lost Per Year
98–100%
Excellent
0–4
Less than 1 week
96–98%
Good
4–8
1–1.5 weeks
93–96%
Of Concern
8–13
1.5–2.5 weeks
90–93%
Unsatisfactory
13–19
2.5–4 weeks
Below 90%
Persistent Absence
20+
4 or more weeks

For our full Attendance Policy, please see our Policies page.

Absence

If your son/daughter is too ill to attend school, please contact the Pastoral Office on our Absence Line (01434 610310) between 8.30am and 9.00am. When calling, please provide as much information as possible including: the student’s full name, the nature of the illness, and the name of the person calling. 

Please remember, the school is responsible for authorising the absence, not parents/carers, so there may be follow up calls from Year Team staff.

We aim to contact all parents/carers of students on the first day of absence if no contact has been made. This is done via a text message asking parents/carers to confirm the reason for absence.

Please make appointments for the dentist and doctor out of school hours.

Leave of Absence During Term Time

Children of school-age who are registered at a school must, by law, attend that school regularly. Regular school attendance for a child is a legal requirement of all parents/carers.

There will be occasions when a child has to miss school, for example if she or he is unwell, and parents/carers are expected to exercise their judgement on whether their child is fit to attend school if there are signs and symptoms of illness. Any other absences should be kept to an absolute minimum. In particular, parents/carers do not have the right to take their children out of school during term time in order to go on holiday.

Government regulations state that a headteacher ‘may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances’. The Hexham Partnership of Schools discourage parents/carers from arranging any events during term time and will, as a rule, state that leave of absence will not be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances that might justify it, e.g. forces personnel on leave from a foreign posting, or evidence provided by an
employer that states leave cannot be accommodated during school holidays without significant consequence.

A parent/carer requesting leave of absence during term time should make the application in writing at least two weeks in advance. A leave of absence request form and the Hexham Partnership of Schools’ Policy for Leave of Absence during Term Time are available from the school office or can be downloaded via the link below.