This page outlines the precedures we follow in school to ensure that student attendance is recorded accurately.
We would also like to draw attention to the information published on the Newport City Council website regarding SCHOOL ATTENDANCE and fixed penalty notices (please click for link).
Arriving Late for School
If a student arrives at school after 8.45 for any reason at all, they must sign with the Attendance Officer located in Main Reception before they go on to their form room or timetabled lesson.
A note in the student's link book must be provided to explain why they are late so that their attendance record can be updated accordingly.
Leaving School During the Day
If students need to leave school for a particular reason, they must sign out in the Attendance Officer located in Main Reception. They will be given a signed card as proof of authorisation of absence from school. If they are then stopped by the Police, questioning why they are not in school, they will have to show this card. Failure to produce the card will result in the student being brought back to school.
If your son/daughter is unable to attend school because of sickness or any other reason that is not planned, please contact the school early on the first day of absence so that his/her Form Tutor and the Attendance Officer can be informed. A note in the students' link book must also be provided on the day of return to school.
Parents may be contacted early on any day where the Attendance Officer has not been notified of their childs absence from school.
The Attendance Officer can be contacted directly by phoning the school or by using the eMail link found in CONTACT US
Fixed Penalty Notices linked to Unauthorised Absence
Following Welsh Government Legislation, Newport City Council has adopted a Code of Conduct which allows the Local Authority to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to the parents of pupils who loose five school days or ten school sessions which are unauthorised.
Protocols and procedures in relation to Fixed Penalty Notices
Issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice
- A Fixed Penalty Notice can only be issued in cases of unauthorised absence;
- Fixed Penalty Notices will be restricted to one notice per parent of a pupil in an academic year;
- In cases where there is more than one poorly-attending pupil, notices may be issued for more than one child;
- There will be no restriction on the number of times a parent may receive a formal warning of a possible Fixed Penalty Notice
Fixed Penalty Notices may be considered appropriate when:
- At least 10 sessions (5 school days) are lost due to unauthorised absence during the current term. These do not need to be consecutive;
- Unauthorised absences of at least 10 sessions (5 school days) due to holidays in term time or delayed return from extended holidays; or
- Persistent late arrival at school, i.e. after the register has closed, in the current term. “Persistent” means at least 10 sessions of late arrival;
- Truancy, where the child has come to the attention of the Police or public during school hours for being absent from school, without an acceptable reason.
Fixed Penalty Notices are currently set at £60 and must be paid within 28 days. Non-payment within this timeframe results in a total Penalty of £120. Non-payment of fines will result in prosecution.