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Absences and Lateness

We expect high attendance to be an outcome of establishing a positive ethos and culture, which supports a dynamic and motivating curriculum for all students.

"The better the quality of education, the better the students’ attendance. Good leadership and management, high quality teaching and a flexible curriculum have a significant impact on attendance… In particular, there is a strong correlation between inspection judgments about attendance and the quality of teaching and learning."
(Attendance in Secondary Schools, Ofsted 2007)

Our high aspirations for all students mean that excellent attendance is critical. Research into the effect of absences on attainment shows that even a 90% attendance rate can result in a drop of one grade on all qualifications.

We will make every effort to support families to ensure excellence attendance is achieved by building a supportive partnership between school and parents that ensures easy and effective means of communication if students are unable to attend.

Our attendance policy and robust monitoring arrangements will ensure we achieve our target of 98% attendance and a persistent absentee target of 6% below the published Government target for secondary schools.

Reporting an absence                                    

If a student is unable to attend school, for any reason, they are required to contact the school as soon possible on the morning of the first day of absence by emailing admin@ldeutc.co.uk.

First Day telephone calls will be made if no reason is given for absence on the day.

Unauthorised absences

The school will only permit leave taken during term time in exceptional circumstances. Permission must be sought from the Principal in advance of the absence, as retrospective approval is not permitted. This is in accordance with the regulations on school attendance as amended in 2013. For more information see the Department for Education’s website.


Our school operates in a way that prepares students for the world of work. Punctuality demonstrates respect and is a standard of behaviour that is expected from all students. No employer would tolerate persistent lateness and neither will we.

We do understand that public transport plays a part in students arriving late. If this is the case, a note will be made on the student's attendance record. 

Persistent lateness, however, will not be tolerated and will require a meeting with the student to agree the best way to resolve the problem. Half - termly letters are issued to parents to keep them informed and we will expect the student’s parents/carer to attend meetings regarding attendance and poor punctuality.