Attendance at School

Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance: Our target is 95%

At The George Eliot school we strive to provide the best learning environment for all pupils in order for all pupils to achieve beyond expected levels of progress. Consequently it is of fundamental importance that students meet the school attendance target of 95%. Lost hours of learning time can have a detrimental effect on learning and achievement.

If your child is unable to attend school because of illness, the parent/carer must inform the school attendance officer before 9am that day.

Punctuality is a legal requirement.

Here at The George Eliot school we pride ourselves on having high expectations as ourselves as professionals and of our pupils as learners. Consequently it is vital that pupils arrive to school on time; punctuality is a legal requirement.

If a pupil arrives to school late without a valid reason they will be signed in at the side gate by a member of the pastoral team, there the pupil will be issued with a detention for that day. Furthermore, if a pupil is later than 8:50 they will be signed in with the attendance officer and be issued with a detention for that day which is reflective of their lateness. Parents and carers will be informed of detentions set.

Illness and Accidents

If a student feels unwell during the school day they should inform their class teacher, the class teacher will then make an assessment of the child’s ability to stay in school. If there is a medical emergency a pastoral manager will be called for immediately. If a child is deemed too ill to stay in school, a decision will be made by their pastoral manager and the attendance officer, and parents will be informed.


If a pupil needs to take medication in school, we advise that parents/carers inform the school via a telephone call or a letter and the school will make arrangements to safely store the medicine in school.

Signing Out

As a school we advise that any appointments for pupils should be made out of school hours, if this is not possible we require a note in order to authorise the absence. Where possible, the pupil should return to school after the appointment and sign back in with the attendance officer.

Excellent attendance is the mainstay of any outstanding school and we look forward to working with you to ensure all pupils here at George Eliot receive the best learning experience possible.


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