Regular attendance at school is important and it has been proven that those students with excellent attendance are more likely to:

  • Achieve more GCSE’s at a higher grade
  • Be more settled within school
  • Be less likely to be involved with anti-social behaviour

Every school day counts towards your child’s future. Days off school equal lost learning. In total there are 175 non-school days a year, this gives families the opportunity to:

  • Spend time together
  • Go on family visits
  • Go on days out
  • Attend routine appointments

At Patcham High School, we work hard with our students and their families so that they may achieve their best. We understand that, for some students, being in school every single day can be a challenge and we have various reward schemes and interventions to encourage, support and motivate students to achieve excellent attendance.

We are able to provide advice and support to any parent / carer with regards to attendance. Please feel free to contact our Attendance Officer – if you have any concerns or need any further information.

Absence Notifications
If your child is going to be absent from school, then you should inform us before 08.30am that day, giving a reason for their absence. If they are ill, then we ask that you provide us with details of the illness, rather than just reporting them as ‘unwell’.

Notifications can be given by:

Calling our Absence Line: 01273 503908
Using the Studybugs app:

If your child does not attend and we have not been notified, we will send you a text message or call you. Absences without reason will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’.

Ideally, appointments should be made outside of school hours. We know that this is not always possible, so when your child does need to miss lesson time to attend an appointment, we ask that you provide evidence so that the absence may be authorised. This may include appointment cards, doctor’s or hospital letters, copies of prescriptions and photos of appointment texts.

When in school, students should not contact parents / carers and make their own decision about going home. They should see their Head of Year if feeling unwell whilst in school.

Absence Due to Illness
Please see the linked NHS Information if you would like guidance on whether your child is too ill to attend school.

Holidays / Leave of Absence During Term Time
Absences for taking a holiday during term time will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.

If you wish to apply for a holiday / leave of absence for your child, please write a letter or e-mail addressed to Kerry Hallett, ( that states the dates of the intended absence and provides evidence of the exceptional circumstances. This should be received at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence. Should the absence be unauthorised, please be aware that you may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

School starts promptly each day at 08.30am. Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:

  • Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year
  • Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year
  • Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year
  • 19 days lost a year through being late = 90% attendance

If your child is going to be late into school, please ring the Attendance Line on 01273 503908. Should your child be late, after the close of the register, on more than 6 occasions in a 6 week period, you may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Attendance Support Meetings
Should your child’s attendance be of a concerning level, you may be invited to attend a meeting at the school. This is a supportive measure that enables the school to work with you to ensure your child’s regular attendance at school. You may be asked to sign a contract with the School, and this will outline what will be done to help you and your child.

Attendance Code of Conduct
Brighton and Hove City Council have a code of conduct for issuing Fixed Penalty Notices that supports the DfE issued guidance on school attendance. This guidance states that:

“Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all students can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – students need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.”

The Government expects schools and local authorities to:

  • Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence
  • Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled; and act early to address patterns of absence
  • Support parents to perform their legal duty in ensuring their children of compulsory school age, who are registered at school, attend regularly
  • Strive to ensure that all students to be punctual to their lessons

Please use the following link to the code of conduct on the Brighton and Hove City Council website if you wish to read the full details.

If you have any questions regarding attendance at Patcham High School, please contact Ms J Gamain (Attendance Officer) / 01273 503908 ext 210.