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attendance for achievement


Details of our Attendance Policy can be found here.

The staff at Kings College are committed, in partnership with parents, students and governors to sustaining a school which serves the community and of which the community is proud. 


Good attendance and punctuality is crucial to your child achieving their very best both academically and socially. We expect all of our students to arrive every day, on time and ready to learn. 


To this end Kings College will do all we can to encourage parents/carers to ensure that the children in their care achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent full attendance are identified and acted on promptly.


Did you know..?


If your child has...


98% attendance = they have missed less than 4 days of school

95% attendance = they have missed less than 10 days of school

90% attendance = they have missed 4 weeks of school

85% attendance = they have missed 5½ weeks of school

80% attendance = they have missed 7 ½ weeks of school


Acknowledging good attendance

Students are acknowledged for their good attendance. Postcards, certificates and prizes are awarded each module and badges for our top attenders each term. Students at Kings College are proud of their high attendance rates and know the importance of being punctual. 

Tackling poor attendance

Kings take a supportive approach to families who have children with ongoing illnesses. We will ensure that we do everything possible to support school attendance rather than the student remaining at home. In the unlikely event that a student does not attend school regularly, the school will follow Surrey County Council procedures and refer the family to Educational Welfare Services

Child illness

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, please use the Studybugs app or telephone the school by 8.30am on the first morning of absence stating your child's name, tutor group and reason for absence. Parents are required to make contact with the school on each day of absence.


If your child needs to attend a medical or dental appointment, please send us a note in advance or inform us on the Studybugs app. They will need to sign out at the school office on their departure and sign in on their return. 

Signing in and out 

There are various reasons why students may need to arrive late or leave school. In all circumstances parents should record the reason in the student’s planner. This note can then be signed by the tutor and seen by the relevant class teacher. When arriving or leaving, a student should report to the main office and be signed in or out. Students are not allowed to leave the premises without Reception seeing some form of parental permission.


Students who are ill at school 

Students who are unwell in school should report to the main office. Parents will be contacted if a student needs to be collected from school. We do ask parents not to make prior arrangements or for students to phone home themselves, before they have been to the main office.


Missing school work due to absence  

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they catch up on work missed due to absence. Lower school students are encouraged to work on homework at home if necessary. In cases of prolonged absence, please contact the school and work can be organised to be collected or sent home.


Please refer any attendance queries to our school Attendance Officer.

Applying for absence during term time 

In common with all secondary schools in Guildford we no longer give approval for family holidays to be taken during term time, and ask you therefore not to request leave of absence for holidays. If this is unavoidable, please write to the Principal in advance. 


Term time absence can only be authorised by the Principal and will only be granted under exceptional circumstances in order to support your child to achieve their very best. 

If you would like to download a form to request time off during term time, please click here.