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Haberdashers' Knights Academy


Pupils should aim for a consistently high attendance rate; the target is a minimum of 97% for all pupils over the course of the academic year. 

  • The Academy must be informed of any unavoidable absence by means of a phone call or email before 09.30 a.m. of the day of absence, followed by a letter to the class teacher/form tutors when the pupil returns. 
  • Medical or dental appointments should not be made during school hours, including Enrichment times, unless this is absolutely unavoidable. An appointment card or note should be presented to the class teacher/form tutor beforehand if this is the case. 
  • A child who is late will be expected to attend a Late Detention with their Head of Year. Parents will be informed by text and it is therefore important that the school has the most up to date mobile numbers. 
  • Any pupil who feels ill during school hours must report to their site office. Pupils may not go home without permission from their Head of Year, Head of Key Stage or member of Knights leadership team, and under normal circumstances pupils will not be allowed home unaccompanied. 

Leave of Absence 

Holidays are not allowed during term-time, as this is disruptive to both the pupil and to the group, especially where coursework is concerned.  

The Government has made it clear that schools should not authorise any leave of absence during term time unless there are very exceptional circumstances. 

If a parent/carer wants leave of absence for their child, they should seek permission well in advance. Letters regarding leave should be addressed to the 'Academy Principal'. 

We reserve the right to refer specific unauthorised absences to our Education Welfare Service, who may deem it appropriate to issue a fixed penalty notice.