Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters Clacton County High School aims to provide a caring environment where individuals develop their full potential and their achievement is celebrated. The School offers an environment in which pupils feel valued, welcomed and safe and is committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all its students. Attendance at CCHS is a whole school responsibility - parents, students and staff; by promoting and supporting regular and punctual attendance at school enables students to the realise their full potential and achieve success at CCHS. The School’s ethos will demonstrate that pupils feel their presence in school is important, that they are missed when they are absent or late and that follow up action will be taken.

High attainment depends on good attendance

  • Please make sure that your child goes to school regularly, arrives on time and attends all lessons.
  • If your child is ill please contact the school on the first day of your child’s illness and each day after, as long as the absence continues.  (Telephone the school on 01255 424266 before 9.00am)
  • The School will attempt to contact the parent/carer of any pupil whose absence has not been established through your previous contact via the ‘Student Absence Line’.
  • When a child returns to school following a period of absence please provide the Attendance Office with written confirmation of the reasons for his/her absence signed by their parent/carer; this is in addition to the telephone call to our 'Sickline' on each day of any absence.
  • If your child starts missing school, please help the School to put things right.  Make sure your child understands that you do not approve!
  • Medical or similar appointments for your child should, wherever possible be made outside of school hours.  If this is impossible, written notification must be sent in to your child’s Form Tutor who will make arrangements for your child to sign out at the Attendance Office. When signing out they will be provided with a green ‘Permission to be Out of School’ slip and they must sign back into school at the Attendance office upon their return.  This is vital in the event of an evacuation.
  • Contacts:
    Absence Line: 01255 424266 - Option 1

    Liz Clay - Attendance Officer
    Kyla Feighery - Attendance Administrator

    Every morning students are expected to arrive in school by 8.45am.
    If a student arrives at school later than 9.00am (i.e. after the form registration period has finished), they must report to the Attendance Office (Opposite Room D4). Any lateness must be explained in a note or letter from the student’s parent, carer or guardian to avoid students acquiring a ‘C3’ detention. The same rules apply in the afternoon - if students arrive at school after 2.05pm (i.e. more than 10 minutes late for their afternoon lesson), they again need to report to the Attendance Office to sign in.
    If a student is late into school, and an accompanying note or letter explains the reason for the lateness, we are then able to record an attendance mark at school for that session. Persistent lateness will be dealt with by our attendance staff and can be treated in exactly the same way as if the student had been absent for a whole session.
    Any lateness that is not explained could lead to further action being taken and may ultimately lead to a home visit by the Education Welfare Officer and more serious consequences.

    Leave of Absence during Term Time
    Due to new Government Regulations we are no longer permitted to grant students any leave of absence from school during term time except for 'exceptional circumstances' as outlined in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
    For example: Forces personnel on leave from a foreign posting or significant family events or circumstances.

    In exceptional circumstances parents must request a ‘Leave of Absence Form’ from the school. Your request must be made in advance using the school’s application form, which can be obtained from the Attendance or General Office. When completed and returned to the school, it should be accompanied by a letter of explanation. Please note that supporting documentation may be requested to verify the exceptional circumstance detailed in your application.

    Where the School/Principal considers that the application has not justified any 'exceptional circumstances', as outlined in the regulations, approval will not be given.
    If the leave of absence is then taken with disregard to the outcome of the application the school will seek to apply for a Penalty Notice in accordance with Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

    For further details regarding student Attendance please follow the link to the Schools' Attendance Policy.