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Regular attendance is fundamental to the future success and wellbeing of all children. We expect our pupils/students to be in school for every session of the school day and for every day the school is open. At Alderman Knight we fully appreciate that there may be legitimate reasons for a child not being able to achieve 100% attendance and we will always be flexible and understanding in our approach to these situations. We therefore set a minimum target of 93% and would ask you as parents/carers to kindly support us in this endeavour. 

If you have any queries regarding attendance-related matters then please contact the school's Attendance Officer in the first instance.

Attendance and Punctuality

We encourage parents/carers to ensure their child achieves a maximum attendance. However, should your child be absent for any reason please phone by 9:00am on each day of absence at 01684 295639 or via email If a message has not been received by 9:00am our Attendance Officer will contact you via Weduc/phone.

NHS guidance is available HERE - "Is my child too ill for school?"

An excellent attendance record is essential if you are going to be able to perform to the best of your ability at school

If a pupil has to stay at home because of illness please follow these steps:


  • Parent or carer should contact the school before 9:00am on each day of absence and leave a message on the absence line.

  • State the full name of the student, tutor group and conditions of illness.

  • Parents and carers may be asked to supply a doctors note/supporting evidence following absence due to illness.

Medical and Dental Appointments

Please complete Weduc Request Form

Unless genuinely unavoidable all medical and dental appointments should be made outside school time. If there are on-going medical issues please let the school know so arrangements for extra support for your child can be made.

Family Holidays

Family holidays must not be arranged during school time because it disrupts work and progress. Family holidays during school time will not be authorised.

Special Circumstances

As a school we recognise that sometimes a student may need to have time away due to special circumstances, please contact the Attendance Officer to discuss your needs further and put forward any arrangements to the Head Teacher.

Morning Registration

Pupils should arrive to be registered promptly at 8:40am (Key Stage 3 & 4) 8:50am (Primary & Post 16), if they arrive later they must sign in at Reception. Lateness may then be counted as an absence.

Fixed term Penalties

Gloucestershire Local authority have implemented a system of fines for parents and carers of students who have 10 or more unauthorised absences from school. For more information please visit the Gloucestershire Local Authority website here

  • Attending school every day = 100% Attendance

  • Attending 4.5 days a week = 90% Attendance = 4 Weeks missed per Year

  • Attending 4 days a week = 80% Attendance = More than half a term missed per year

  • Attending 3.5 days a week = 70% Attendance = More than a quarter of the school year missed.

  • An average attendance of 80% or less across a childs school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years of school.

  • Being late for school reduces learning time

  • If your child is late 5 minutes every day = 3 days learning a year missed

  • If your child is late 15 minutes every day = 2 weeks of learning a year missed

Make every minute count

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