Attendance Policy

Aquinas College regards attendance as a fundamental part of the Student College agreement and an important prerequisite for the highest levels of achievement. All staff adopt a consistent and transparent approach and expectations are clearly communicated to students and parents.

Students must attend all lessons and we ask them to treat college as they would professional employment. Students should be on time and ready to work. Unexplained absences will be challenged by subject teachers. Only parents/carers can authorise absences. Continued poor attendance will result in students losing their place at Aquinas.

Roles and Responsibilities


Students are expected to attend all of their lessons punctually. If a student cannot attend College for any reason, or needs to leave College part way through the timetabled day, they must inform Student Information. Parents or guardians are required to corroborate reasons for absence. Students who experience genuine attendance difficulties will be offered prompt and appropriate support.


Support from parents is essential to maintain the highest levels of attendance. If the student is unable to attend for any reason the college should be notified as soon as possible – by phone or in writing. Students have a two week window to authorise their absence with satisfactory explanation. If no reasonable explanation is given in that window, they will be marked with a permanent unauthorised absence mark.

Parents are provided with attendance figures each half term on the subject review. If a particular concern should arise, parents are informed promptly.


Staff strive to foster good attendance and punctuality. Staff respond to all absenteeism firmly and consistently, but always endeavour to take account of individual circumstances.


We actively promote and encourage 100% attendance for all students. However, if attendance falls below this without an acceptable reason, the Group Tutor takes action. Persistent problems are referred to the Senior Tutor and ultimately the Attendance Support Group.

Acceptable reasons for absence are as follows:

  • Serious Illness
  • Driving Test (not lessons)
  • Emergency Doctor or Dental Appointment.
  • Funeral of a close relative/friend
  • Religious Festivals
  • Any other good reason accepted by the college.
  • Holidays during term time are not an acceptable reason for absence.