It is essential for students to attend all their timetabled lessons if they are to achieve the best of which they are capable in public examinations and in the acquisition of knowledge and skills generally. It is the expectation and right of parents to feel confident that their offspring are being required to attend the lessons for which they are paying. It is the responsibility of individual teachers to report when a student is missing or late, of the House Office staff to ascertain whether there is a legitimate reason i.e. sickness or educational trip, and of the Deputy Principal to arrange for the missed time to be made up.
Tutor Group teachers register all students at the start of the College day. Authorised Absences are listed on the Staffroom notice board at the start of period 1 and amended as required.
Teachers must report any unauthorised absence during other periods by immediately sending an absence slip or contacting the House Office.
Unauthorised absences will require the student to catch up on the missed work in a supervised session as arranged by the Deputy Principal. If a student persists in absenting themselves from timetabled lessons, parents will be informed of the issue and consequent concerns about academic progress. A serious sanction will be arranged by the Deputy Principal as per the Padworth College Behaviour Management System. (These may include Lunch-time Detentions, Catch-ups, Saturday morning or Evening Detentions and Gating).
Please see the Behaviour Management System in the Staff Handbook for guidance. Students have a copy of this in the Student Handbook, as do parents in their handbook.
Reviewed September 2013
Next review September 2014