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Attendance and Absences

At William Hulme’s Grammar School we believe that regular school attendance and punctuality is the key to enabling children to maximise the educational opportunities available to them and become emotionally resilient, confident, committed and competent adults who are able to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to their broader school community. We expect every student to achieve a minimum of 96% attendance during an academic year and to be on time for school and lessons every day.

Students who have a attendance below 96% will be given support and encouragement to improve on their attendance to give them the best possible chance of achieving their true potential.

Students who are persistently late to school will be taken through a supportive system to encourage them to be more punctual.

Absence due to illness If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, it is essential that you phone school by 8.30am on the first day of absence, otherwise the Attendance Officer will phone home to find out why your child is not in school. Please send notes explaining absence to the form tutor on the day your child returns to school.

The Health Protection Policy for Infection Control in Schools, for children who have had vomiting and/or diarrhoea is as follows:

  • Children can not return to school until 48 hours from the last episode of vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
  • Exclusion from swimming should be for 2 weeks following the last episode of diarrhoea.

Medical appointments  If your child has a medical appointment during the school day, which cannot be made outside school hours, a note must be sent to your child’s form tutor beforehand giving the date and time of the appointment.

Being excused from Games In the case of genuine illness, injury or other valid reason please send notes requesting to be excused from Games to your child’s PE teacher.  (If it can possibly be avoided, please do not ask for pupils to be excused from games periods). 

Requests for absence from school during term times We expect every student to achieve a minimum of 96% attendance.  Requests for absence during term time will be authorised by the Principal only in very exceptional circumstances. Requests must be sent to the Principal as far in advance as possible in writing before any arrangements are made e.g. booking flights.  A failure to acquire the permission of the Principal will mean your child’s absence is recorded as unauthorised.  In such cases the school may issue a Penalty Notice.

PLEASE READ THE LETTER SENT TO ALL PARENTS IN AUGUST 2013 RE. THE CHANGE IN THE LAW ABOUT HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME.