Good attendance matters

It is important that learners attend school every day in order for them to achieve their full potential. It has been proven that there is a direct link between learners attendance and how well they achieve at school. There is a detrimental impact on achievement if learners do not attend every day. Therefore, Martin High School does not approve holidays during term time.

Learners should not be taken out of school unless absolutely necessary; every day really does count. Parents/carers should be aware that if their child is absent for 10 school days, they will miss 5% of their education during that academic year.

Good attendance matters and the aim should always be 100% attendance.

To support your child in achieving this:

  • Do not take holidays during term time
  • Expect your child to attend school unless they have a genuine illness
  • Ensure that your child is well prepared for the school day and arrives with the correct equipment for learning (including planner and P.E kit) and that homework has been completed
  • Ensure that they arrive to school on time, every day
  • If you have any concerns, contact the school immediately

If your child is ill, you should notify the school by ringing the absence line on each morning of their illness. To notify us of any absence, please ring the main reception number: 0116 2363291 and select option 1. Clearly state your child’s name, tutor group and the reason for the absence.

Work will be sent home for any child who is absent for more than 2 days. Please notify the school in advance for any pre-planned absences for appointments.

Holiday absence

Please note that parents/carers are expected to take holidays during the school holidays. Holiday will not be authorised during term time. Due to Government regulations regarding school attendance, all unauthorised absences will be subject to Penalty Notice consideration by the Local Authority. Penalty notices are £60 per parent, per child, if paid within 21 days of receipt, rising to £120 per parent, per child if paid within 28 days. There is no right of appeal against a Penalty Notice. If you choose to take your child away, his/her absence will be marked as unauthorised and this will be evident by registers kept at the school and by census and other data we are required to submit to the Local Authority. Please refer to our Attendance Policy if you require further clarification.

Exceptional circumstances

If you need to request absence for your child due to exceptional circumstances for either part of the school day or for a whole school day, please send a letter to Miss Meadowcroft, Assistant Head Teacher or Mrs Sanchez, Head Teacher detailing this request.
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Beyond Bullying Award

Over the course of this academic year; pupils, staff, parents and Governors have been working together to achieve the ‘Beyond Bullying Award’ for the Martin High School. Through evidencing the fantastic practice and robust policies we have in place to support our young people we are very pleased to announce that the award has been secured.

On 27th June 2017, pupils and staff were invited to attend an awards ceremony for the Nationally recognised ‘Beyond Bullying Award’ at the Space Centre in Leicester and a fantastic day was had by all!

We are very proud to have achieved this award that recognises what a supportive, inclusive and community spirited school the Martin High School is.