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Attendance & Punctuality

Reporting an absence
If a student is unable to attend school due to illness or for another authorised reason, parents should contact the Attendance Officer, Mrs Powder at the school on the morning of absence, before 9am. Students who attend the Sixth Form should contact the Sixth Form Administrator, Mrs Beamer on the number below.

Years 7-11

Telephone 0208 368 1783, pressing 1 when prompted

Years 12-13

Telephone 0208 368 1783, pressing 2 when prompted.

You can also contact the school by Parent Gateway at www.schoolgateway.com.  and click on the attendance tab.

 or email the school at office@thecompton.org.uk

Acceptable reasons for absence include:

• Illness with medical evidence (if requested by the school)
• Medical emergency including dental emergencies
• Employment or education related interviews approved in advance by the school
• Days exclusively set apart for religious observance, approved in advance by the school


Parents should avoid making non-emergency medical or dental appointments during the school day as this will impact on their child’s overall attendance. Where there is an unavoidable appointment, please contact the Attendance Officer in advance and ensure that photocopies can be taken as evidence of the appointment.

Unacceptable reasons for absence would include:

Excessive illness without medical evidence, family holidays, looking after siblings, carrying out chores in the family home, birthdays or anniversaries, festivals unless they are religious observance days, general trips, sporting events, any form of employment during school hours including working in a family business, whether or not the student is paid.

Absences for the above reasons will be coded as unauthorised absence and may be subject to a fine by the Local Authority.

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