Attendance Policy

The Governors of John Spence High School are committed to providing a full and effective education for all our pupils. We will do all we can to ensure that all pupils attend to their fullest and that any problems which impede this are identified and acted upon as soon as possible.

Regular and punctual school attendance is essential to enable all pupils to gain the maximum benefit from the opportunities provided throughout their education. Improving attendance is a vital element of school improvement and as research indicates, positively impacts on the levels of achievement of pupils.

We believe a positive attendance culture is more likely to be achieved when all partners co-operate with each other.


We expect that all pupils will:

  • Attend school regularly
  • Arrive on time
  • Tell a member of staff about any problem which is making it hard for them to attend school regularly.

We expect that all parents/carers will:

  • Encourage their children to attend school every day and on time
  • Ensure that they contact school as soon as possible whenever their child is unable to attend school
  • Ensure that their children arrive in school fully prepared for the school day and provide the school with up to date home, work and emergency contact numbers
  • NOT arrange family holidays during the school term
  • Inform the school, in confidence, about any problem which might affect their child’s attendance or behaviour.

Parents/carers can expect that the school will:

  • Provide a good quality education appropriate to their child’s needs
  • Record their child's attendance regularly, accurately and efficiently
  • Make every reasonable effort to contact the parent when their child fails to attend school without good reason
  • Deal discretely and properly with any problem notified to the school by the parent
  • Make all efforts to encourage good attendance, punctuality and behaviour

Unavoidable Absence

It is the parents’ responsibility to inform our Home School Liaison Officer, Mrs Lyster of the reason for a child’s absence as soon as possible. Please contact the school office ( 0191 2005220 )on the first day of absence and indicate, if possible, the expected date of return. When returning to school, students must bring a note explaining the reason for absence.

Unauthorised Absence

Only the school, within the context of the law, can approve absence. If a student returns to school without a note it is likely that the absence will be regarded as unauthorised and a return of truancy made to the local authority at the appropriate time.