Attendance and Punctuality

Regular attendance is a vital part of student welfare.  Our aim is for students at Hautlieu to have an outstanding attendance record of at least 96%.  In order to best ensure the welfare of students at Hautlieu, attendance is checked every morning and afternoon for every student and contact is made with parents and carers where there is non-attendance.

In order to support Hautlieu, we ask that parents or carers contact us by 8:30am by telephone: 736242 or using the contact form below with Subject “Attendance”.

The table below shows how the number of days absent works out as a percentage of total days in school in an academic year.

Derek John - Attendance Manager
Derek John - Attendance Manager
Attendance %Absence %Days Absent in a Year

One day of absence each month = 2 weeks missed at school each year

17 days off school each year = 1 grade lower at GCSE

Lateness = Lost Learning
5 minutes late each day = 3 days lost
10 minutes late each day = 6.5 days lost
15 minutes late each day = 10 days lost
20 minutes late each day = 13 days lost
30 minutes late each day = 19 days lost

Average earnings:

0 qualifications = £8.02

GCSEs = £9.02 per hour

A Levels = £10.25 per hour

Graduate Degree £15.01 per hour

School x Attendance = Success

5 or more GCSE grades of 5 – 9 can increase your wages by 41%

The latest available absence for employees in the UK (2017) published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is an average of 4.1 days per employee and corresponds to a sickness absence rate of 1.9% (the proportion of working hours lost to sickness absence).

Key Stage 5 Attendance FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

All students are expected to attend every lesson unless the school has been informed about absences for specific reasons such as illness or educational visits. Levels of attendance are directly linked to academic performance.


My son / daughter is over 16 and can now authorise his/her own absence

It is a school requirement that all student absence is informed by their parent / carer


My son / daughter has told me that they don’t need to attend all their lessons.

This is untrue. Even in the case of staff absence work will be set for the students to complete in the classroom.


My son / daughter tells me that attending certain lessons is not needed because ‘we don’t do much in lessons

This is untrue. Different subjects and teachers approach learning during lessons in a variety of ways in order to suit the needs of the subject and the students in order to maximise academic performance. Every lesson is equally important.


My son / daughter does not have any timetabled lessons for a particular afternoon or morning and therefore does not need to come into school.

This is untrue. Between timetables subject option lessons students have study periods when they are expected to work independently in school completing homework /  background reading / consolidating prior learning or improving their understanding.


I forgot to inform the school of my son / daughter’s absence due to illness.

Don’t worry, please call the school office or use the contact form below with subject “Attendance” as soon as possible


Why am I receiving a letter about my son / daughter’s absence?

Your son / daughter will have been marked as absent without authorisation for at least one lesson during the previous week(s)


Why am I receiving a letter about my son / daughter’s absence when my son / daughter tells me that they were in school.

You son / daughter’s teacher will have marked them absent for at least one lesson during the previous week(s)


How can I help my son / daughter’s attendance improve?

Discuss with them the importance of attending every lesson in order to achieve the best academic grades that they are attending Hautlieu School to achieve. If you have a continuing concern please contact the school so that we can discuss any particular issues and how to overcome them.

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