Regular school attendance is essential if you want to fulfil your potential. You should understand that every school day counts; when you miss school, you miss out.
You should only be absent from school in exceptional circumstances.
When you are absent from school, work in the classroom continues. Being absent from school means that you are missing out on important learning opportunities and potentially disadvantaging yourself.
Why Should You Attend School?
You should attend school to:
- gain qualifications;
- develop new skills;
- build confidence and self-esteem;
- make new friends;
- have fun;
- experience new things in life;
- develop awareness of other cultures, religions, ethnicities and gender differences;
- have the best possible start in life.
Remember that it is your responsibility to find out what work you have missed during an absence and that teachers will expect you to catch up on all work as soon as you return to school.
What should you do if you are absent from school?
If you are absent on a particular day, the school should receive a phone call from a parent/guardian on the morning of your absence. A note from a parent/guardian explaining your absence should also be recorded in your Student Planner and signed by your Form Teacher during Registration on the day that you return to school.