King James' School


Regular and punctual attendance is essential. No student should be absent from school without permission in advance, except through illness. Attendance and punctuality information is available on My Child At School.

Report a student absence

If students are unwell, parents are asked to ring the school Attendance Line and leave a message, stating their name, their child’s name and form, the nature of their illness and when they are expected to return.

School Attendance Line: Years 7 to 13 01423 798728

When a student returns to school after illness, parents are requested to send a signed note of explanation to the form tutor.

If a student is away for three days, parents are asked to contact the school. In the event of possible long illness, parents are asked to contact the school as soon as possible and, where appropriate, work will be set for the student to complete at home.

Students should copy up work when they return to school after illness.

Medical appointments

Wherever possible, medical appointments (doctor, dentist) should be made before or after school, or during school holidays.

Late arrival

Students who arrive late (after 8.45am for the morning session and after 1.25pm for the afternoon session) should report to Student Services Reception and sign in. Failure to do so will result in an absent mark being recorded.

If students are persistently late, parents will be informed. Under Department for Education regulations, students who miss registration are regarded as absent.

Requests for leave of absence / holiday in term time

In September 2013 there was a change to regulations regarding authorisation for student absence during term time. For further information about this, see the letter below.

The regulations mean that the school is unable to authorise any time off for holidays during term time, but can grant leave of absence in ´exceptional circumstances´. The form to request leave of absence can be downloaded below or picked up from Student Services Reception.