We have high expectations of attendance for every student at Harlington Upper School. The School offers both high quality learning experiences and a wide-range of enrichment opportunities that enable students to develop social skills and grow into well-rounded young adults. As such, having good attendance will allow students to benefit greatly from all aspects of school life.

Missing school leaves students vulnerable to falling behind. Not only can this impact on their academic attainment, but those with poor attendance can often feel left out, finding it more difficult to make friends. In turn this can lead students to struggle with insecurity or a lack of confidence. Their overall attitude to learning can be inhibited; behavioural problems may develop and their health and wellbeing may be affected. It is essential that students attend school when they are fit to do so.

What to do if your child is too unwell to attend school:

Email for each day of the absence:


Medical Appointments

Appointments, whenever possible, should be made outside of school hours. If this is unavoidable, your child should still attend school before and/or after the appointment.

Emergency appointments will be authorised with supporting evidence. We understand that it can be hard to obtain medical evidence on occasion, so a medical confirmation card will also be accepted as evidence.

If your child has an appointment please inform the Attendance Officer of the following information:

  • Child’s Name
  • Child’s Year and Form Group/Class
  • Date of the appointment
  • What time they will arrive to the School or time they will need to depart

Leave of Absence

Holidays are not permitted during term time and, if taken, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence on the student’s permanent record. An unauthorised absence during term time may lead to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice.

Any request for student leave of absence in term time should be made in writing to the Headteacher and sent to the Attendance Officer. In making this decision the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually, including any previous pattern of leave in term time and the attendance record to date.


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