Absence from school

Good attendance is essential if students are to make progress. We expect all students to attend school every day, on time. If your child is ill, however, please contact us on 01298 811878. Please leave a message giving your child’s name and tutor group and the reason for absence. Alternatively, you can send an email to attendance@chapelhigh.org.uk.

If your child is ill during the school day they should report to Pupil Reception and we will contact you if we feel they are too ill to remain in school.
If your child has a fracture, we would still encourage them to come to school but we do need you to complete a risk assessment before they return to school. Please contact the school office to arrange this.

Attendance matters reminder postcard

Request for absence during term time

Please complete the form below to request permission for your child to be absent from school. Before completing the form, please read the notes below carefully.

In order to maximise individual achievement parents should avoid taking students out of school during term time. With the demands of the GCSE syllabuses, some topics are only taught once and therefore, if absent, your child may miss essential elements of their learning programme.

The school is only able to authorise an absence during term in exceptional circumstances. Please note that guidance makes clear that all holiday taken in term time will be treated as an unauthorised absence and may result in a penalty fine.

Whilst the leave of absence may be authorised on a given occasion, it is entirely the school’s decision and not a parental right. Please be advised that absence without the consent of the school could result in legal action.

Please return your completed form to the school office as soon as possible before the date of the intended absence but within a minimum of 2 weeks.

Download the Request for Absence Form
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