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Attendance, Absence and Punctuality

Good attendance leads to good progress and achievement. Always aim for 100% attendance.

Regular and prompt attendance forms the basis of the Student Attendance Policy. Parents/carers are strongly encouraged to ensure their child understands the importance of punctuality as part of their general education.


For students to achieve their best they should always try to be on time and in school every day, unless there is a valid reason.

  • Students should be on time for registration - click here to see the times of the College Day.
  • Students should be punctual and go straight to their lessons.
  • Students who arrive late to registration i.e. after 8.35am will have to complete a 15 minute break time detention.
  • Persistent lateness will result in further sanctions.


When absence is unavoidable, perhaps due to illness, parents are asked to notify the college as soon as possible.

  • Our policy is to follow-up student absence as quickly as possible by text, telephone or letter.
  • If students are absent from college please let us know as soon as possible. When students return to college they must bring a note from their parents giving the dates and reason for their absence.
  • Should time off college be required for any reason, a note should be brought from parents beforehand.
  • Holidays should only be taken in college holiday times.

We ask parents to contact college by 9am on the first morning of an absence to avoid recording an unauthorised absence. The college attendance officer will contact you if this is not done. Parents are reminded that they cannot authorise holiday absence. Under DfE guidance, the Principal may only grant leave of absence in exceptional circumstances; reasonable checks may be carried out using publicly open sources to verify applications for exceptional absence.

Appointments and signing out, Illness and accident, Lunchtimes

Appointments and signing out: Any student who needs to leave the premises during the school day, for any reason, will need a letter from their parent/carer and must sign out at the main reception. We ask that medical appointments are ideally made outside school hours. However, if a student does need to leave school to attend a medical appointment they must bring in a note from their doctor/dentist or have an appointment card/text. Students should return to school as soon as possible after their appointment and must remember to sign in again.

Illness and Accident: If a student feels unwell they must inform a member of staff and they will be sent to the main office. If a student is unable to continue with their lessons their parent/carer will be contacted. Whilst the college has a number of qualified first aiders who can deal with emergencies, we do not have a school nurse based on site. Students who report as ill will be assessed and where necessary parents will be informed or an ambulance called. On no account should a student take it upon themselves to leave a lesson or the school premises without authorised permission from their parent and without following the correct signing out procedure.

Lunchtimes: All students are to remain on site at lunchtime.

GMl.JPGMr Morley: Supporting your family

My name is Gary Morley and my role at Risedale is to monitor attendance and be a Family Support Advisor. As part of my job I am focussing on punctuality and lateness. In the morning you might see me at the gates greeting students on their way into school. I also make home visits to discuss attendance with parents and any other areas that I may be able to offer support in.
Please feel free to contact me via the Risedale reception 01748 833501 if you would like to discuss any matters regarding attendance or if you feel I can support you and your child in any way.

Attendance Matters:

It's a focus for everyone.

For more information regarding attendance and absence please click the image below to view our helpful leaflet.