Gonville Academy

Gonville Academy
Gonville Road

0208 684 4006





Regular attendance at school is extremely important; when children are at school every day, they are able to take part in lessons that have been carefully planned to support their progression through the different subjects. The expectation is that each child should be at school for at least 97% of the term.

The school bell rings at 8.50am so that the children can meet their teacher in the playground and begin their day in a positive manner.

Any child arriving later than 9am is requested to enter the academy via the main the office. All parents/carers must accompany their child to the office; your child will then be marked as late and taken to their classroom. In the case of persistent lateness, the parent/carer will be invited to meet with the Attendance Officer, Headteacher or Educational Welfare Officer to seek a resolution.

School finishes at 3:15pm and the children will be dismissed by their teacher into the care of the parent or carer. Children not collected by 3.30pm will be taken to the office for collection. If a parent/carer is late (after 3.30pm) to collect their children, a late collection fee will be levied.

Reporting an absence

If your child is not going to be in school for any reason, please call the office before 9.30am on the first day of your child’s absence and every day thereafter stating:

  • Name
  • Class name
  • Reason for absence.

The office can be contacted by calling 020 8684 4006 (option 1)

Authorised absence

Sickness: if your child is unwell and unable to come to school, their absence will be marked as ‘authorised’ in the register. If your child has a contagious illness, diarrhoea or vomiting this would require that your child stays off school for the required quarantine period.

The following reasons for absence may also be marked as ‘authorised’ in the register:

  • Medical or dental appointments
    • wherever possible, please arrange these for outside of school hours
    • evidence of an appointment will be required, e.g. appointment letter
  • Religious observance
    • see policy for guidance
  • Exceptional family circumstances
  • School exams and interviews

Parents/carers requesting a leave of absence should contact the Attendance Officer as soon as they know that there is a reason their child will be out of school.

Unauthorised absence

The following reasons will not be authorised and will be marked as ‘unauthorised’ in the register:

  • Term time holidays
  • Birthdays or other annual family events
  • The family has overslept or had a late night
  • Parent/Carer not well
  • A sibling, parent or carer has an appointment
  • Problems with clothing or footwear
  • Problem with your car
  • You have forgotten school dates
  • Taking your child shopping
  • Snowing, but the school is still open

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that the decision to authorise an absence is at the discretion of the Attendance Officer.

Gonville Academy