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Full attendance is very important if your child is to take maximum advantage of the opportunities available to them at the Poly. We expect students to attend school every day unless there is a legitimate reason for their absence. If in doubt, send your son to school. Should he become ill, we will see that he is properly attended to.

Reasons for absences should be reported to the school’s admin office by phone 0208 310 7000 on the first day of absence and must also be covered by a note on your son’s return.

Pupils receive certificates for 100% or very high attendance. A number of pupils have completed Year 11 without a single absence in 5 years! The average school attendance is expected to be over 96%.

Parents/carers will receive an automated call from the school if their son is absent without a valid reason. For this reason, it is essential that we have up to date contact details.


Students are expected to arrive at school on time and should aim to be on the school site at least 5 minutes before the start of the school day. If your child is unavoidably late, they must sign in at reception as soon as they arrive. All students who are late to school will be expected to complete a 30 minute reset (detention) that same day. If your child has to leave the school premises at anytime during the school day, they should also sign out at reception.

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