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.

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 the Attendance Officer, there the pupil will be issued with a detention for that day. Furthermore, if a pupil is later than 9am they will be signed in at reception, met by their Pastoral Leader and be issued with a 20 minute detention for that day. Parents and carers will be informed of detentions set.

If a pupil arrives to school late twice in a week they will be issued with a 50 minute detention with Mr Evans, Vice Principal, on the Friday afternoon (3.10pm - 4pm). Parents and carers will be informed of this detention.


Attendance Officer

If your child is unable to attend school, the parent/carer must inform the school Attendance Officer before 9am that day. If you are leaving a message to report a student absence please include their name, year or form group, reason for absence and expected length of absence.

If you are unsure of the length of absence please inform the Attendance Office before 9am on each day of absence. 

To contact the Attendance Officer please use the details below:

Attendance Officer: Mrs Amy Fox

Email Address: or

Telephone Number: 02476 744 000 Ext: 224


Illness and Accidents

If a pupil 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 In/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 at reception.

If students are leaving school site for any reason they must sign out at reception. Reception staff will ensure that students have permission to be leaving school site before allowing them to sign out.

Please ensure that evidence is provided for appointments within school hours, staff will check this before allowing students to leave lessons. Alternatively, please inform the Attendance Officer and they will mark this accordingly on the register.

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


Leave of Absence Requests

As you will all be aware, current attendance regulations stipulate a Principal may not grant a leave of absence during term - time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Under the Midland Academies Trust policy we are unable to grant any requests for leave of absence due to holiday. Each application for a leave of absence will be considered on a case - by - case basis and on its own merits. It is for the Principal to decide what he views as ‘exceptional’ and it is at their discretion if the circumstances warrant the leave to be granted.

If the leave is granted, the Principal is able to determine the number of school days a child can be absent for.

The School can only consider leave of absence requests which are made by the ‘resident’ parent. Where applications for leave of absence are made in advance and refused, the child will be required to be in school on the dates set out in the application.

If the child is absent during that period, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence, which may result in legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice. Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the parent(s). Where a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued and not paid within the required timeframe as set out on the notice, the matter will be referred to Warwickshire County Council’s Legal Services to consider instigating criminal proceedings under S444 Education Act 1996.

Parents are asked to respect the new regulations under which the School must work and if there is a need to take a child out of school during term - time, an application or request must be made in advance and make clear how the circumstances are exceptional.


Attendance Policy

A copy of the Midland Academies Trust Attendance Policy can be found here.


Attendance Stages


The Attendance Stages that The George Eliot School adhere to are below.

We required medical evidence from all pupils with an attendance below 93%. 

Attendance Stages PNG

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