Studley High School seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential. All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.

Please see the School’s Attendance Policy for more information.


To help the school keep your child safe, please ensure that you and your child keep to the following procedures:

  • When illness means your child needs to stay at home, we would be grateful if you would telephone the school on 01527 852 478 by 9:00am or email on the first day of absence and send a signed note of explanation upon your child’s return.
  • For persistent and/or lengthy absence, please provide medical evidence.

Authorised Absence
Authorised absence means the school has given approval in advance or accepted a given explanation for reason of absence.

Unauthorised Absence
Unauthorised absence is where the school is not satisfied with the reasons given for the absence or no reason has been provided for the absence.

Persistent Absence
Persistent absence is when a student’s attendance drops below 90%. This is when referrals can be made to the Attendance Compliance and Enforcement Service (ACE) if improvement cannot be managed between the family, student and school. ACE may issue a legal attendance target which can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issues to parent(s).

  • For Health and Safety reasons, if your son/daughter arrives later (after 8:30am) to school for any reason he/she must sign in at reception.
  • If your child needs to leave school for any reason he/she must sign out at reception with written permission from parent/carer.
  • If your child is late to school 3 times or more they will be expected to serve an after school detention.

Holiday requests in Term Time

The Department for Education expect us to discourage such practice as it can lead to problems for all concerned:

  • Your child’s education suffers;
  • Lessons and extra-curricular activities are missed;
  • Continuity of project work is lost;
  • There is often no opportunity for teachers to set additional work or to assist a child in catching up on their return from holiday;
  • The class is generally disrupted; other pupils suffer as a result;
  • You will be in breach of your legal obligation to send your child to school.

For this reason the Government has brought in new guidance tightening up the regulations related to pupils taking time off in term-time. These new rules come into force on 1 September 2013. Head Teachers are no longer permitted to authorise absence for holidays taken during term time. They are permitted to grant leave only in exceptional circumstances. If you think you have exceptional circumstances please talk to us without delay and before arrangements are entered into or money committed.

If exceptional circumstances are accepted the Head Teacher will determine how much absence will be authorised.

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