Attendance

Regular and punctual attendance is an essential prerequisite to effective learning and the parent of a child of compulsory school age is required by law to ensure that the child regularly attends the school at which she is registered. FGS has, therefore, set an aspirational target of 98% attendance amongst our students and, whilst our whole school approach to attendance focuses primarily on promoting attendance, we also address the issue of absenteeism, especially persistent absenteeism, when it occurs.

At FGS we are committed to working with parents and families to help them meet their obligation of ensuring their daughters regularly attend school. In line with our whole school aims we want to empower our girls to make the right decisions about their attendance and punctuality; where they fail to do so there will be consequences which impact on them and their families. The responsibility for avoiding the consequences lies with the student, and she has to be on premises by 08.40 each morning.

We positively acknowledge and praise students who improve their attendance and we have put in place a system of rewards and incentives which show the whole school community how we value good attendance and punctuality (please see our "Praise & Rewards" page ).

What to do if your daughter is going to be late to school

Please contact the Attendance Officer on 0161 912 2949 to alert her that your daughter will be late to school; this will usually prevent a "truancy call" being made. Whatever the reason for her being late, we are unable to record a 'present' mark on the register. Those who arrive in school between 8.40 and 10.00 will be recorded as present (but late) using the register code L. Students who arrive after the close of the register (10.00 and later) will be recorded as absent for the morning session, using the register code U. Persistent poor punctuality is regarded as a behaviour issue and could result in a Behaviour Panel or exclusion. When a student is persistently late without good reason and the school's efforts to effect improvement have been unsuccessful, it may be necessary to refer the matter to the Local Authority via the Senior Education Welfare Officer.

What to do if your daughter is unable to attend school and this is unplanned

Please contact the Attendance Officer on 0161 912 2949 before 8.30 to inform her that your daughter will be absent from school and what the reason for the absence is; this will usually prevent a "truancy call" being made. Unplanned absence from school may be authorised if it is for the following reasons:

  • Sickness
  • Emergency medical/dental appointments
  • Exceptional family circumstances, such as a bereavement

What to do if you need to ask for time off for your daughter in advance

Please contact the Attendance Officer in writing at least 48hrs prior to the absence; she will process your application for leave and contact you to give authorisation, as appropriate. If the absence involves only part of the school day, your daughter will need to obtain an orange slip from her Form Tutor or Student Services; this will enable her to sign out through Community Reception at the appropriate time. Planned absence from school may be authorised if it is for the following reasons:

  • Unavoidable medical/dental appointments
  • Religious observance
  • Family funerals
  • Study leave
  • A child caring for a sick or disabled family member (limited duration)
  • Involvement in an approved public performance
  • Involvement in an approved sporting activity
  • Attendance at post-16 or University interviews
  • Approved work experience

Absence from school will not be authorised for:

  • Family holidays
  • Shopping
  • Looking after brothers, sisters or unwell parents
  • Minding the house
  • Birthdays
  • Avoidable medical appointments

If parents decide to take their daughter on holiday, despite the request for Leave of Absence being declined, they are advised that this may result in the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice (Fine) under section 444 of the 1996 Act. When a student is persistently absent (attendance is less than 90%) and the school's efforts to effect improvement have been unsuccessful, it may be necessary to refer the matter to the Local Authority via the Senior Education Welfare Officer.