At Clarendon we believe that every child gets one chance to get the best education. If they are not in school, they are not learning. Every day counts.

Every child has the target of 95% or above for attendance

90% attendance is NOT good.

1 School year at 90%= 4 weeks of school missed

4 weeks of school missed = 100 hours of learning!

Rewarding good attendance

100% for a fortnight – 2 community points

100% for a term- 10 community points

100% all year- 100 community points.


How to report an absence?

Please contact the attendance officer via phone 01225 785214 or email before 8.30am for every day of absence.

Medical Appointments

Students need to remember to sign-in at reception if they are late for school or if they are leaving school during the day, either for a medical appointment or other reasons.  We would really appreciate medical and dental appointments not being made during the school day wherever possible. However, we understand that this is not always something that you can control. Afternoon appointments are best because students are likely to miss less of the school day.   As a school we only authorise a maximum of half a day for a single medical appointment; there are exceptions to this if a pupil is having a course of lengthy or specialist medical treatment.

Statutory Attendance Marks

The statutory marks for a student’s attendance are lesson 1 and lesson 4 – these make up the 100% attendance mark for the day.  If a student fails to attend before the registers close (9.15am) they will lose their AM mark and therefore only be able to achieve 50% attendance for the day.  Students are also registered internally every lesson – during tutor time and periods 1, 2, 3 and 5 – for safeguarding reasons.


Tutor time starts at 8.40am, and we expect all students to be in lessons and ready to learn by this time. We record centrally any minutes late which a student accrues; there are a range of sanctions used to remind students of the importance of punctuality.

Persistent Absence

The department for Education identifies attendance below 90% as ‘persistent absence’.  If a pupil was to end the academic school year on 90% attendance, this would equate to four whole weeks off school. This would mean 20 days, or over 100 hours, of missed learning.  The Heads of House monitor each student’s attendance very closely, and especially those who are at risk of falling into this category.  We write home to inform you when your child’s attendance drops to around the 92% level. Students who have this level of attendance will be invited into school, along with yourselves, to meet with the Head of House for a School Attendance Meeting (SAM). At this meeting we will look for opportunities to support an improvement in attendance; as a part of this process, internal attendance targets will be set.

Students who do not make an improvement in attendance following a SAM meeting, or those with a track record of weaker attendance, will be invited to a further formal meeting involving the Wiltshire Educational Welfare Officer and representatives from the school. These meetings set a formal set of attendance targets which, if not met, may lead to the prosecution of the parent/carer for failing to ensure adequate attendance of the child. Further details on the formal stages of our attendance procedures may be found in our Attendance Policy on the school website.

We hope that, by working together, we can continue to ensure that your child’s attendance rate remains high, and that we are therefore taking every opportunity to support their academic, mental and social development.


If you have any queries regarding attendance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sarah Newton

Assistant Head teacher- Pastoral and Attendance.