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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - please click for more information

Although school attendance is mandatory from the start of the autumn term, there are some circumstances where students cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

A student should not attend school because their travel to, or attendance at, school would be:

  • Contrary to guidance relating to the incidence or transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) from Public Health England (PHE) and/or the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
  • Prohibited by any legislation (or instruments such as statutory directions) relating to the incidence or transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Circumstances for non-attendance related to COVID-19 during academic year 2020-21

NHS England has the following advice in relation to Coronavirus and symptoms. Full guidance can be found here. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Student has symptoms

  • Students who have symptoms should self-isolate and get a test.
  • If a student tests negative and if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating and return to school.
  • If a student tests positive, they should continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms.
  • They should only return to school if they do not have symptoms other than a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste (anosmia). This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone.

Someone in the Student’s household has symptoms

  • The household should self-isolate and the member of their household should get a test.
  • If the member of the household tests negative, the student can stop self-isolating and can return to school.
  • If the household member tests positive, the student should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days from when the member of their household first had symptoms.
  • In all cases of self-isolation, Brakenhale School will ask parents to inform them immediately about the outcome of a test.

To support decision making reference should be made to relevant government guidance available here.

Students who are required to self-isolate because they are a close contact of someone who has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19)

Brakenhale School will follow the procedures detailed below when students may not have symptoms themselves but may be required to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone with coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • The NHS test and trace guidance states that a person should self-isolate for 14 days if they have had recent close contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • In the event of a confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the school community, the local health protection team will provide advice on who this applies to, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with the person that has tested positive when they were infectious.

To support decision making reference should be made to the relevant government guidance available here.

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 must always make sure that they are in the appropriate classroom at the appropriate time.  Students must arrive by 8.30am in order to be in tutor or assembly by 8.40am.  If a student arrives in school after 8.35am they will be marked as late.  Late entry is via main reception as the student gate will be locked.  Detentions for punctuality will be held on the day they are late from 3.05pm to 3.20pm; parents will be notified by schoolcomms message during the day.

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.

Student Leave of Absence Guidance  Download PDF

Request for Student Leave of Absence Online Form  Complete Form

Bracknell Forest Term Dates * Go to Web Page

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