Absences

Students who have been absent for whatever length of time should bring in a parental note of explanation on the day they return. When a student has been off sick for more than three days, it is important for parents to contact the Academy (a phone call will do), to update us about the problem. Please notify your child’s tutor of any infectious or contagious illness occurring in the household of a student. In such cases, a student should not attend the Academy until a medical certificate has been submitted indicating that he/she may do so with safety to other students.

Leave of absence

If a student needs to attend a medical appointment, or requires a leave of absence for any other reason, a letter must be brought from home. The letter should be shown to the tutor and then passed to the College Support Administration Office who will issue a ‘leave of absence permission slip’. The leave of absence should be obtained before the day it is needed, except in an emergency. For details on how to apply for requests of leave of absence for family holidays, please see Leave of Absence for family holidays below. Before leaving the Academy the student should report to Student Reception and sign out. Students must be collected by parents from Reception unless a letter, giving specific permission to leave the Academy alone, is received. On returning to the Academy the student should immediately sign in and hand the slip in to the College Support Administration Office.

Leave of absence for family holidays

Changes to the regulations from September 2013 now stipulate that leave of absence will not be granted during term time except in the most exceptional circumstances. Requests for leave of absence for family holidays should now be made directly to the Principal and must always be in advance of the planned absence. Other requests for leave of absence should be put in writing to the student’s College Leader. The College Leader will then inform the College Support Administration Office whether or not a leave of absence will be granted.