Skip to content ↓
Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Report a Student Absence

Parents and Carers are required to notify the Attendance Officer as early as possible on the first day of a child’s absence, and by no later than 10.00 am.

Striving for Excellence: A Shared Responsibility

At Callington Community College we aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of our College community to reach out for excellence. For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly. The achievement of good attendance and punctuality is therefore given high priority.

We expect every student to achieve at least 96% attendance during an academic year. Evidence clearly shows that students who reach or go beyond their potential are those who have excellent attendance.

Parents, students and College staff share the responsibility for ensuring that attendance rates at Callington Community College are maximised and that rates of unjustified and unauthorised absenteeism are kept to an absolute minimum.

Did You Know

  • 90% attendance means the equivalent of missing 4 whole weeks in one school year.
  • Over 5 years this is the equivalent of missing HALF a school year.
  • Missing just 17 days in one year can mean dropping a full grade at GCSE.
  • 75% of students with 95% attendance or more achieve 5 A* – C grades at GCSE.
  • Of students with less than 90% attendance only 25% achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE.
  • A child on holiday for 2 weeks during term time will miss 50 one hour lessons. Some never catch up.
  • Being late 10 minutes each day for one year is equal to missing approximately 6 school days.

Attendance is rigorously monitored by the College. We will notify parents and carers once students’ levels of absence start to become a concern. If concerns persist then we will invite parents and carers to meet with us so that concerns can be shared, factors affecting attendance identified and a plan of action agreed to help the student to attend regularly in the future. In the event of unauthorised absences persisting further action will be taken by the college which could include legal action.

Reporting Absence

Parents and Carers are required to notify the Attendance Officer as early as possible on the first day of a child’s absence, and by no later than 10.00 am.

You are able to leave a message on the Absence Line, tel: 01579 386014, through School Gateway or you can email Failure to do this could result in the absence being unauthorised.

The Attendance Officer will contact you if your child is not in College and no contact has been made by you to notify us of their absence. The welfare of your child is our utmost concern. Please make sure that you notify us of any changes to your contact details.

Children missing education is a safeguarding concern and will be dealt with accordingly by College staff.

Unauthorised absence:

If your child is absent from school without authorisation, you will be committing an offence under the Education Act 1996.

We may submit a request to Cornwall Council for a Penalty Notice to be issued, in accordance with Sections 444A and 444B of the said Act. Penalty Notices are issued per liable parent, per child and each carry a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid after this but within 28 days. Failure to pay the Penalty Notice may result in legal action.

Absence not authorised by the school may result in a prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court under Section 444(1) or Section 444(1A) of the Education Act 1996, leading to a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a custodial sentence. Cornwall Council may also apply for the costs incurred in taking the matter to Court.