We monitor attendance on a daily basis and will speak to you if we have concerns about your attendance level.

You are expected to attend all of your timetabled lessons, tutor time and any additional sessions. Attendance should not drop below 97%; your tutor will inform you if attendance drops to 95%. If a high or persistent absence is noted your parents/carers will be invited to meet Mrs Barker and your place at Jane Austen College may be reviewed. If you need time off school please complete an absence request form. This can be found in your folder with your enrolment documents or is available from Mrs Barker. Please do not book driving lessons during the school day. 

If you are ill or delayed please let us know as soon as possible by emailing your form tutor and the teacher(s) whose lessons you will be missing/late for. You should also check with your teacher(s) which tasks need to be completed. It is your responsibility to ensure you have caught up on any content missed due to absence. We may suggest you attend extra classes after you have been absent for illness or other reasons.

Research shows that there are clear links between a student’s attendance and their success and achievement in school. Low attendance leads to underachievement. Every lesson counts, and absence from school has the potential to damage your educational prospects and aspirations. 

If you have irregular attendance you may: 

  • Get behind with your studies 
  • Lose the thread of the topics being taught 
  • Become demotivated  
  • Find it difficult to maintain friendships 
  • Miss out on important careers and guidance advice 
  • Miss out on extra-curricular opportunities 

Suitable evidence for absence:

  • Medical appointment slips or Medical appointment letters
  • Referrals from the General Practitioner (e.g. Mental Health referral, dental referral etc)
  • Hospital notes
  • Doctor’s notes

Absences will be authorised for:

  • Interviews (letters must be provided as evidence)
  • Genuine illnesses where medical evidence is provided
  • Medical or dental appointments (although where possible, we request that these be made outside of school hours)
  • Educational off site activities (driving lessons are not considered under this reason)
  • Trips and school organised events
  • Day set aside exclusively for religious observance
  • Study Leave (as permitted by Jane Austen College)

Requests for absence during term time

Holidays in term time will only be authorised in extreme circumstances and we urge parents not to take students out of school in term time. If requests do need to be made, a form can be obtained from the Assistant Principal.

University open days, college days, and interviews 

We support students attending events which encourage their learning the future progress, such as University open days, higher education events and educational activities. If you wish to attend an event please inform the Assistant Principal who will be able to authorise your attendance to the event.