Current Students

Agreed Absence

More independence of learning is a part of the Sixth Form experience as you prepare yourself for moving out into the adult world. This is captured through an agreed absence approach.  Assuming you have fulfilled our high expectations for effort and achievement, there will be a gradual extension of agreed absence as you move through the Sixth Form.

In the first term of Year 12 there is no agreed absence. You are expected to attend school fully and to use your non-contact time in school to support your transition up from KS4 to KS5 study.   When Assessment Round 1 is completed in December if you are performing well, you will receive an allocation of agreed absence in line with the standards set out below. If you are not yet working consistently hard enough you will continue on a full timetable in school.

At each of the further assessment points you will have the chance to retain or increase your agreed absence and equally to lose it if you have not maintained a strong work ethic. As you move into Year 13 you have the chance to further increase the amount of agreed absence.

Year 12:

  • All “1”s for attitude to learning = 4 periods per fortnight
  • All “2”s or better for attitude to learning = 2 periods per fortnight
  • Any “3”s for attitude to learning = No agreed absence

Year 13:

  • All “1”s for attitude to learning = 8 periods per fortnight
  • All “2”s or better for attitude to learning = 6 periods per fortnight
  • No more than one “3” for attitude to learning = 4 periods per fortnight
  • Two or more “3”s or worse for attitude to learning = No agreed absence

Where attendance falls below 95% and is starting to cause concern then agreed absence can be temporarily removed by the Director of Sixth Form as part of a catch-up plan involving you and your parents/carers.