Every school day counts …

At Belper School and Sixth Form Centre, we expect students to attend school regularly, punctually and arrive properly equipped and ready to learn.  Our parents/carers are reminded that regular attendance is a legal requirement.

We require all our students to be on the school premises by 8.35am, and be in their tutor base when registration commences at 8.40am.

Any absences should be notified to school before 8.40am on the day of absence.  Absences can be reported by calling the school on 01773 825281 and selecting either Option 1 for the absence line, or Option 2 to speak to a member of the School Office.

It is usually appropriate for parents/carers to send their children to school with a mild respiratory illness (cold symptoms, minor cough, runny nose or sore throat.  You may find the NHS guidance ‘Is my child too ill for school?’ helpful.

Routine medical appointments should be made outside of school time.  Family holidays should only be taken during the school holidays.

Leave of absence

In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively.

Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.  A copy of the form is available from the Forms area of our website by clicking here.

You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.