Good attendance is essential for good achievement

Regular school attendance is vital for ensuring our students make outstanding progress, fulfil their potential and, as a result, leave school best prepared for future success. Ensuring good attendance is the responsibility of all members of the school community – parents, staff, students and governors. 

We expect all of our students to maintain an attendance level of 97% or above and as such, we monitor and review the attendance of all students weekly. 

The report ‘Improving attendance at school’, by Charlie Taylor for the Department for Education (DfE), explains that there is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement:

  • Of students who miss more than 50% of school only three per cent manage to achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including maths and English.
  • 73% of students who have over 95% attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C.

Missing one day of school each week equals one year of school missed over the course of five years. This absence reduces the likelihood of a student achieving 5A*-C at GCSE to just 20%.

We do know that there are sometimes genuine reasons for absence, but please think carefully about keeping your child out of school. There is a strong link between attendance and achievement. 

If you are concerned about your child’s attendance or would like further information about supporting your child’s attendance, please contact their form tutor or their head of house. 

If your child is unable to attend, please call our Attendance Manager Mrs Williams on 01736 788501 extension 5909 as soon as possible on the morning of absence. You may also report illness and appointments via our Parentmail App,

Head of Upper School (Year 9, 10 and 11) – Mrs Williams (

Head of Lower School (Year 7 and  8) – Mr Terris (


If your child is absent from school without authorisation, you will be committing an offence under the Education Act 1996. We may submit a request to Cornwall Council for a Penalty Notice to be issued, in accordance with Sections 444A and 444B of the said Act. Penalty Notices are issued per liable parent, per child and each carry a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid after this but within 28 days. Failure to pay the Penalty Notice may result in legal action. Absence not authorised by the school may result in a prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court under Section 444(1) or Section 444(1A) of the Education Act 1996, leading to a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a custodial sentence. Cornwall Council may also apply for the costs incurred in taking the matter to Court.