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Garth Hill College

Student Absence reporting

Absence contact details

Parents/carers are expected to contact the college by 9.30 am on each day that the child is absent or late with the reason for the absence or lateness, child's name and tutor group by either:

Telephoning on:  01344 421122

Emailing: attendance@garthhillcollege.com

Absence request letter:  Absence Authorisation Request Letter

Authorised Leave of Absence Request

There is not a legal entitlement to time off for a holiday during term time for any length of time. Government guidelines say that a leave of absence may only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Absence from college can impact negatively on your son’s/daughter’s learning and progress. It is often difficult to make up the class work missed due to absence and pupils have to work hard when they return to get back on track. Absence can result in pupils falling behind in their studies and, ultimately, this can significantly impair progress and result in lower levels of educational attainment.

We do understand that, very occasionally, there may be problems in arranging holidays to coincide with college holiday. However, in view of the negative impact on pupils’ academic performance and the Government’s view that holidays should be taken when a school is closed to pupils, Garth Hill College WILL NOT authorise absence for this purpose.

Bracknell Forest Council, through the Education Welfare Service, will consider the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice where a pupil has at least 10 sessions of unauthorised absence during a term.

As of 01 September 2013, the rate per parent per child will be £60 if paid within 21 days and rising to £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days. If the penalty notice is not paid each parent/carer may be liable to prosecution at the Magistrates Court, and if proved, each notice may receive a criminal conviction and/or fine to the maximum of £1,000 plus costs.

Requests for leave for other reasons should be made on the 'Absence Authorisation Request Letter' and returned to your son’s/daughter’s form tutor or Head of House at least SEVEN DAYS before the leave is required.  You can download the letter from the featured content section of this page.

Mr K Grainger