Reporting Absence


Why is good attendance important?

Your child will:
  • Make good progress by keeping up with learning and understanding the lessons
  • Secure strong qualifications
  • Expect to get higher paid jobs and careers


What can happen if attendance is poor?

Your child will probably:
  • Fall behind with their progress and achieve less than they could
  • Become isolated from their friendship groups
  • Get a low paid job


Why is it important to arrive to college on time?

Morning lessons start promptly at 8:30am (with a warning bell at 8.25am)
Afternoon lessons start at 1:15pm (with a warning bell at 1.10pm)

Your child must arrive at college on time because:

  • Lessons commence at the start of the college day
  • It prepares them at an early age for punctuality in future employment
  • It is a legal requirement

Does your child really need to miss a day?

Encourage your child to achieve 100% attendance by:
  • Sending them to college every day unless they are genuinely too ill to participate in lesson
  • Making routine medical and dental appointments after school hours wherever possible
  • Promoting the benefits of good attendance

How do I notify the college of an absence?

If your child is going to be absent, on the first day and each subsequent day either:


Send an email to:
Send a text to 07546588119
Ring the 24 hour absence answer line on 01536 720300

Please state your childs name, form, reason for absence and expected date of return.  Please contact the college at the start of each subsequent day of illness.

All correspondence about absences should be directed to the Student Services Team.  Should you send written communication into college, your child should post this in the box outside the Student ServicesTeam Office at the start of the college day.

Please make sure the letter contains your child's name, form and the specific dates of absences.


Authorising Absences

The decision to authorise an absence lies with the college.  Absences for such things as follows will not be authorised:
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Staying at home for deliveries / workmen
  • Shopping
  • Having a birthday
  • Oversleeping

Leave of Absence 

It is important that we remind you that, under DfE rules, head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents and carers may be given a fixed term penalty notice (PN) for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the College. These penalties can range from between £60 and £120 and are payable within 28 days. Each parent and carer may be fined for each individual child. Penalties are imposed by Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) and the monies collected do not come to the College.

From September unauthorised holidays which result in absences of 10 school sessions (the equivalent of 5 days) or more may be referred for fixed term penalties.  For more details please read the NCC Brief Guide to Penalty Notices.

It follows that The Latimer Arts College will not be authorising leave of absence for holidays.  Absences will only be granted for exceptional circumstances with approval from the Principal following submission of a Leave of Absence request form.  The Principal will consider each individual request and parents/carers will be notified of the decision in writing.  A meeting may be arranged to discuss the matter further.

If you wish to request a leave of absence please collect a form from Student Services.

The college has an automatic messaging service that will notify parents and carers if your child fails to register.