AttendanceAt Queen Elizabeth's Academy we expect the highest levels of attendance possible and do not accept excuses for absence except in extreme circumstances. Our aim is to have every student achieve a minimum of 97% attendance and ultimately aim for 100% attendance and punctuality.

The information below should help both students and parents/carers ensure we achieve the highest possible attendance levels.

If your child is absent please contact the academy as soon as possible on the first day of absence. Our attendance office is staffed from 8.00am to take your calls (01623 623559 ext 272). If we do not hear from you and your child is not in the academy, then we will call/text you. This system is for your child’s safety and your peace of mind.

Students who arrive to school late (after 8.30am) must sign in at the attendance office and will receive a late mark on their attendance record.

Parents/ carers are not entitled to remove children from the academy for holidays as a right. Queen Elizabeth's Academy will not authorise absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. These circumstances are:

- where families are service personnel
- where family needs to spend time together to support each other during/after a crisis
- other compassionate circumstances confidentially shared with the academy

Parents/carers may apply for exceptional leave of absence by writing to the principal at least four weeks before the planned absence (including before the planned holiday is booked). Holidays will not be granted retrospectively, based on an existing booking. The application letter must outline precisely what the exceptional circumstances are. 

Local Authority Code of Conduct for issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices will be followed in cases of holidays taken without prior authorisation

The academy’s policy on attendance is regulated by DALP policies, and is aligned with Nottinghamshire County Council’s guidelines. To understand these guidelines further, please click here