As a college, we are committed to supporting each individual child to reach their full potential

You will be able to monitor your own child’s attendance via parental remote access which will provide a figure as a percentage for attendance. This will also be shown in your child’s interim and full school reports.

Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents and teachers share the responsibility for ensuring that attendance rates at Bottisham Village College are maximised and that rates of unjustified and unauthorised absenteeism are kept to a minimum.

Family holidays in term time

  • Headteachers cannot grant any authorised absence during term-time, unless in exceptional circumstances. Those circumstances are at the discretion of the headteacher, but essentially, term-time holidays will no longer be authorised.
  • Requests for term-time leave must be made in writing to the Principal.

Legal responsibilities

  • Parents are responsible in law for ensuring the regular and punctual attendance of their children. The school will also recognise the external factors which influence student attendance and will work in partnership with parents, the Education Welfare Service and other relevant services to deal with any issues.
  • Absence will not be authorised for reasons such as caring for relatives, daytrips, birthdays and missing the bus. There are absences, such as approved sporting activities that can be authorised. The school expects absence to be kept to a minimum; routine medical and dental appointments should be arranged out of school hours wherever possible.
  • When attendance falls to 96%, an initial letter is sent for information only.
  • If attendance continues to fall, parents/carers will be invited to participate in a telephone meeting.  A letter outlining targets and expectations will be sent following this meeting.
  • If attendance does not improve, parents/carers will be invited to participate in a face-to-face or virtual meeting (adhering to any Covid restrictions at the time). A letter outlining targets and expectations will be sent following this meeting.
  • If targets are not met within a specified length of time, the school may apply for a Penalty Notice.

First Day Calling for unexplained student absence

  • Whenever a student is absent from school, we ask that parents/carers inform us on the morning of the first day of absence before 8.30am.
  • Please dial 01223 811250 and choose Option 1, followed by Option 1 to inform us of a student absence.
  • It is important that the reason for absence is received before the start of the school day – before 8.30am.
  • When this procedure is not followed, the automated Schoolcomms system steps in and  will contact you directly if your child is marked absent at registration. This will alert you if your child is not in school.
  • This communication will be by text message to your registered mobile phone. If you do not use a mobile telephone number, the message will be to the email address you have provided.

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