As a college, we are committed to supporting each individual child to reach their full potential.

To achieve this aim, it is vital that each child attends college regularly, avoiding unnecessary absences. The college strongly urges parents/carers not to book family holidays during term-times.

Requests for term-time leave must be made in writing to the Principal but it is only in exceptional circumstances that this leave is authorised.
Students’ attendance at Bottisham is excellent.  Below are figures schools are asked to publish about attendance.
Number of students on roll 2017/18 - 1130
Attendance - 95.52%
Authorised absence - 3.53% 
Unauthorised absence - 0.95%

Authorised absence:   Illness, medical appointments, religious observance
Unauthorised absence: Includes any absence from college for which no satisfactory explanation is received.  This includes occasions where students who may be justifiably absent omit to bring a note on their return to college. Holidays are also classified as an unauthorised absence.

With effect from September 2015 schools have been advised by the government’s Department for Education (DfE) that the Persistent Absence (PA) threshold will be reduced to 10%.  There is overwhelming evidence that high absenteeism can impact very negatively on student progress in their learning and their exam performance at GCSE. 

Parents will be advised by school if attendance is a concern, either by a letter or will be requested to attend a meeting in school. If attendance fails to improve during a monitoring period, the case may be referred to Cambridgeshire County Council for a Penalty Notice fine to be issued to parents/carers.

From September 2013, legislation concerning term-time holidays changed. Previously, schools were allowed to grant leave for family holidays of up to 10 days per year, and of over 10 days in ‘exceptional circumstances,’ at the head teacher’s discretion. Now, however, head teachers cannot grant any authorised absence during term-time, unless in exceptional circumstances. Those circumstances are up to the head, but essentially, term-time holidays will no longer be authorised.

UNAUTHORISED TERM TIME LEAVE (includes Holiday): Any parent who takes a child out of school for term time leave of 6 consecutive sessions or more, not authorised by the school (under exceptional circumstances rule), may receive a Penalty Notice. 

The school strongly urges parents therefore not to book family holidays during term-time. Absence during term time as a result of term time holiday interrupts continuity of teaching and learning, disrupts educational progress of individual children and creates disruption in school. In accordance with government guidelines, any time taken off during term time will be unauthorised and parents/carers liable to a Penalty Notice unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Requests for term-time leave must be made in writing to the Principal. Requests for term-time leave will only be granted in exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis.  Any approved holiday dates will be automatically added to the system by the Attendance Manager.

Please dial 01223 811250 and choose Option 1, followed by Option 1 to inform us of a student absence. 

Dominic Fullman
Deputy Principal
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Alison Logan
Attendance Manager
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