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Sixth Form Attendance Policy

Full attendance in all lessons, tutor periods, study periods, non-contact lessons and assembly is expected. We expect that students will make every reasonable effort to arrange appointments outside of school hours.


These are absences which are usually acceptable and can be foreseen in advance, but which nevertheless still require formal authorisation. Typical examples include:

  • One off medical appointments which could not be arranged outside of school hours.
  • Religious holidays.
  • Interviews for career progression (e.g. potential employer, university interview, open day).
  • Extra-curricular activity such as drama, music or sports events for school or county.
  • Attendance at a funeral.
  • Driving TEST (note that this does not include driving lessons).

If the absence is known in advance students should complete a ‘planned absence’ form. Signatures should be obtained from subject teachers handed in to the Sixth Form Administrator with evidence. The Head of Post-16 signs them off.

Unplanned Absence

These are emergency absences only such as illness. Parent/carers must contact Mr Cook or School Reception every day that students are ill. Where such absences become extended or frequent students will be asked to a meeting to explore the underlying issues and the Monitoring System may be used to support these students.

Planned absence where the Sixth Form will not give authorisation

Below are some typical examples of circumstances where the Sixth Form will not give authorisation, as these are events which we would expect students to carry out OUTSIDE of the school days or within the school holidays.

  • Holidays
  • Part- time employment during the school day
  • Driving lessons

Such absences will be recorded as unauthorised.

The minimum target for attendance is 95% for all students.

The Redhill Academy Sixth Form Trust Attendance Policy can be found here

Reporting Absence

If your child is absent from school please contact us via the following:

C Cook - Sixth Form Administrator

0115 9408399 or