An Absolute Priority

Heaton Manor’s policy on attendance is quite simple. Every student is expected to attend on every occasion the school is open. The only acceptable exception is when illness or injury is so serious that it prevents the student from attending school. Every absence at Heaton Manor is followed up and checked.

Parents should be aware that daily attendance at school is compulsory for all children between the ages of 5-16 and that it is their legal responsibility to ensure their children attend regularly. Failure to ensure attendance can result in ‘Legal Action’.

Research carried out both nationally and within Heaton Manor School shows that daily attendance is the biggest single factor in helping students to achieve above average examination results. To allow your child to miss school for any non-medical reasons is not in his/her best interest and likely to have an unnecessary negative effect on their progress. Non attendance also places children at risk and in some cases can result in students being drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviour.

There are of course isolated special circumstances for absence such as attending a funeral or keeping a specialist hospital appointment.

Leave of absence taken during School time

Headteachers are no longer able to grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Attendance is linked with achievement/attainment and the Government recognise that taking holiday in term time could have a massive impact on academic success.

Families can request the school authorise student leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. However:-

What to do when your child is unavoidably absent

If your child is going to be absent from school, please contact school before 9:30am if possible. Telephone 2818486, select option 1 and leave a message stating clearly your child’s name, year group and a brief description of the reason for the absence.

Please contact school on each day of absence, or if you know how many days your child is going to be absent please state their return date. When your child returns to school following a dated absence a note is required for your child to give to their Form Tutor.

Medical Appointments

Please make all non-urgent doctor/dentist appointments after school hours – school finishes at 2:40pm - or during school holidays. The School understands that this isn’t always possible, however, students should attend school prior to or following a medical/dental appointment and avoid a full day’s absence.

If the school is unaware of the reason for your child’s absence they will make every effort to contact you on the first day your child is absent either by telephone or by letter. It is absolutely essential that you let the school know as soon as possible of any absence.

School Improvement Services work with the staff to ensure good attendance.

To contact the Attendance Team Phone 2818486 Extension 2042


It is important that your child is punctual. School starts at 8.30 am. The expectation is that only in exceptional circumstances will children be late (emergencies, etc. and the school is sensitive to these occasions). There are detentions for lateness and in persistent cases fines can be issued through the School Improvement Service.

Contact Us

Heaton Manor School & Sixth Form
Jesmond Park West
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tel: +44(0)191 2818486
Fax: +44(0)191 2810381

Email Admin (Mrs Burn)
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If you have a question or query feel free to contact us.

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