Report an Absence

    We expect students to be in school, on time, every day. If this is not possible due to illness then you should contact the school by telephone on 020 7963 6300 before 9.00am.

    If your child is absent, please make sure that you contact the school office by telephone on 020 7963 6300 before 9.00am and also ensure that your child brings a letter of explanation on the day he returns.

    If he is likely to be absent for a number of days please send in a doctor's certificate or letter indicating the probable length of absence, as well as a note on the day he returns.

    Arrange dental and hospital appointments out of school time, but if this is not possible then contact us well in advance to request leave of absence. Please obtain a medical note or certificate to cover the absence.

    Unauthorised absence from school will trigger an automated response for informing parents by telephone or text on a pupil’s first day of absence from school.

    Holiday during term time

    There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off during school time to go on holiday. Any unauthorised holidays will be reported to the EWO and can result in a fixed term penalty fine being issued.

    Taking holidays in term time will affect your child’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents/carers not take pupils on holiday during school time. Remember that any savings you think you may make by taking a holiday in school time are offset by the cost to your child’s education.

    Education Welfare Officer

    Each school in Westminster has an Education Welfare Officer (EWO) attached to it. Each individual borough also has its own Education Welfare Service. Our EWO is Mrs Sharon Shaw.

    City of Westminster Education Welfare Service

    Bessbrough Place

    1-7 Bessbrough Street

    Pimlico

    London

    SW1V 2JD

    Punctuality

    Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of the day they can miss work and do not spend time with their form tutor getting vital information and news for the day. Late arriving pupils also disrupt registration, assembly and lessons. Ultimately this can be embarrassing for the pupil concerned and can also encourage absence. A positive attitude towards punctuality is essential if a pupil is to develop a positive working ethos in later life. We expect all pupils to be in school at 8.45am.