All students should attend school as much as they can, as failure to do so will impact negatively on progress and achievement. The school has an overall attendance target of 96%. 

Telephone

Year 7 – 11    01483 888000 option 1

Sixth Form     01483 888151

Absence on the day

If you wish to report your child’s absence from school you must inform the School by 9:00am. Failure to do this will result in a text message being sent by our texting system which alerts parents that their child has not registered. We need to be advised each day of your child’s absence.

The texts and emails are sent between 10am to 11am, once all the messages and emails have been inputted onto SIMS. Parents are then required to respond to these messages providing a reason for the absence. Unexplained absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

Medical appointments

For medical appointments which require your child to leave school for a portion of the day please send a letter into school with your child that they can show to the office when signing out. If your child is going to be absent for a full day then please send a letter in for the attention of the Attendance Officer.

Planned absences

Planned absences became law in September 2013.

Please complete the form below if you want the Headteacher to consider your request for your child’s leave of absence during term time for any reason other than those stated above. We may ask for proof to back up your request. You should return the form for the attention of The Attendance Officer to the School Office. All requests should be submitted to the School Office at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence. Permission will not be given for a holiday or if it is applied for after the absence has taken place.

Absence Request Form

Attendance Matters

Attendance percentages are not like examination results. An attendance percentage needs to be in the high nineties to be considered good. Consider the following examples: An attendance record of 90% might seem good, but it is equal to one day missed per fortnight. If this continues from Year 7 to Year 11 a total of six months education will be lost. Students who attend school more than 95% do better in their exams and make much greater progress from their starting point.

COVID-19: What to do if your child is unwell

If someone in your family develops symptoms, every member of the household should self-isolate for 14 days – please inform absence@georgeabbot.surrey.sch.uk if this applies to your child.