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Attendance and Punctuality

An excellent attendance record is essential if your daughter is going to be able to perform to the best of her ability at school. The school’s Attendance and Punctuality Policy can be located here.

If your daughter does have to stay at home because of ILLNESS, please follow these steps:

  1. Please contact the school before 8.30am each day of her absence using the School Gateway App.  If you are unable to use the app, you can email office@bwsgirls.org
  2. Write a note in her Contact Book for your daughter to show to her Form Tutor when she returns to school, confirming the reason for absence and giving the dates when she has been away.
  3. Where an absence exceeds 5 calendar days due to illness, (excluding the weekend) you will be expected to provide medical evidence from a Doctor (appointment cards, prescriptions, letters or a medical certificate) to the school. Medical evidence may be requested if there are regular absences from school due to illness.

Truancy – if a student is absent from school without permission and a covering letter, this will be identified as truancy and appear as such on school records and reports.  The student will incur a sanction for this.

Medical and dental appointments, unless genuinely unavoidable, should be arranged OUTSIDE school time.  If your daughter will be arriving late due to an appointment, a parent/carer must contact the school via app or email by 8.30am.  As soon as she arrives at school, she should sign in at Student Services and provide the reason (and evidence of appointment as necessary).

Occasionally, some appointments will require students to leave early.   Students must provide evidence of all appointments (e.g. appointment card issued by the surgery), and show the evidence of their appointment to Student Services to update our attendance records accordingly.  If your daughter needs to leave school early, she must be collected by a parent/carer from Student Services.  In exceptional circumstances only, if you are unable to collect your daughter, you write a note in her contact book to explain the arrangements made and to confirm that you are happy for her to leave school unaccompanied.  Your daughter must show this note to her Head of Year (during morning registration) to authorise the arrangement.  She may then go to Student Services when she needs to leave, and show the note, with the Head of Year authorisation.

School Trips and Visits – students will be expected to have a minimum attendance record of 95% in order to participate in visits and trips.

Family holidays – these must not be arranged during school time because it disrupts work, progress and achievement (it can also create social difficulties). Family holidays during school time will not be authorised.

Punctuality – Your daughter must be in school by 8.25am and in her form room before 8.30am.  If she is late she will sit a half hour detention on the same day.  If your daughter arrives late to school after registration, she must report to Student Services to sign in.