Attendance Officer: Mrs C Silvey
Telephone: 01344 465050


On a school day the only place students should be is in in school. Students are legally required to attend school every day and should only be absent in real emergencies.  If your child is not in school they must have a justified reason.  Please contact the Attendance Officer by telephone on 01344 465050 or email on on the first day of absence.  6 out of 10 students with an attendance rate of 95% or more gain at least 5 GCSE A* to C grades.  An attendance rate of 90% is equivalent to missing half a day of school per week!

Requests for leave of absence should be made in advance and returned to the Attendance Officer.  Forms are available from the Attendance Office or to download below.  The Absence request form should be completed in advance and returned to the Attendance Officer.

Being on time is a very important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management.  Your child should always make sure they are in school on time and in the appropriate classroom at the right time.

We will do our utmost to encourage good attendance from our students and want all students to achieve at least 95% attendance. Our strategies may include phone calls from form tutors, letters home from the Heads of Year, Attendance Action Plan meetings in school or referrals to the Education Welfare Officer. Persistent late comers may even receive a phone call home before 8 o’clock to help them get into school each morning. Students who have exceptionally high attendance will be rewarded for their efforts.

Days off and persistent lateness all add up to a loss of learning

There are 190 school days each academic year during which your child is expected to attend.
There are 175 days off, which includes weekend, school and bank holiday.  This is your family time for visits, holidays, shopping, household jobs and other appointments.
If your child has 16 days off during the academic year then they will, over a whole year, be out of school more than they have attended (175 + 16 = 191).
A day out of school each week of your child’s entire school life is equivalent to missing 2 years of school!

% Attendance
= Absence
+ Days Missed per Year
Grades Lost
Weeks Missed
Years Lost
100 0 0 0 0 0
90 10 19 1 4 0.5
80 20 38 1-2 8 1
70 30 57 12 1.5
60 40 76 3-4 15 2
50 50 95 4-5 19 2.5
40 60 114 23 3
30 70 133 27 3.5
20 80 152 30 4
10 90 171 34 4.5


Punctuality is a very important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management. Students should make sure they are in the appropriate classroom at the right tme.  In the mornings, arrive by half past eight (8.30am) in order to be in tutor or assembly by 8.40am.  If a students arrives in school after 8.40am they will be marked as late.

Minutes Late
School Days Lost Each Year
5 3
10 6.5
15 10
20 13
30 19

Please support your child and the school in making every effort to improve attendance and punctuality.

Section 444 of the Education Action 1996 states “if a child of compulsory school age, who is a registered pupil at school, fails to attend regularly at the school, the parents are guilty of an offence”.  This is applicable to all students of compulsory school age up to 16.

Appointments / Signing Out

In the unlikely event that you have an appointment or other reason to leave the school during the day, you must bring a letter from your parents explaining the details. You must get the letter signed by your Tutor. When the time arrives for you to leave school, show the letter to your teacher. Report to Main Reception to sign out and leave the letter for the Attendance Officer. On your return to school you must sign back in at Main Reception.


Please do not to take holidays during term time, as this may be subject to a fixed penalty notice which is payable by parents.

Illness and Accidents

If you feel unwell or have an accident you must tell a teacher straight away. Normally you will be sent to the First Aider who will take care of you. If you are too ill to remain at school or if hospital treatment is necessary then your parents/carers will be contacted to make suitable arrangements. Under no circumstance should you leave the school premises without permission.

Request for Student Leave of Absence Form  Download PDF

Bracknell Forest Term Dates * Go to Web Page

* Please note that Brakenhale School term dates may vary to those published for Bracknell Forest.