Supporting students


Attendance VISION

Horizon Community college is committed to ensuring that all our students are school ready, work ready and life ready.  

All students need to attend school. We believe high attendance plays an important part in the safeguarding of our children.  

We closely monitor the attendance of our pupils and identify any attendance concerns.  Early intervention strategies are in place to resolve attendance issues as soon as they arise.  We are aware that absences may indicate a problem at school, home or both and act promptly to minimise impact on learning. 

Attendance is directly linked to progress with learning. Students are required to attend school for 190 days each year. If students do not attend school every day, they are compromising their education and potential achievement. 

Our goal is for every student at Horizon Community College to achieve 100% attendance.


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Miss Khan

Strategic Lead for Attendance

Mrs Morley

Senior Attendance Officer (KS3)

Miss Tonks

Attendance Officer (KS3

Mrs Ryan

Attendance Officer (KS4)

School Team - Attendance Leads

Mr Irving

Assistant Principal – Deputy Head of KS3 and Attendance Lead

Mrs Hirst

Attendance PP Lead / KS4 Attendance Lead

Guidance and Support


Attendance on a school day is compulsory. If you are not in school then you must have a justifiable reason for absence. Parents/Carers should inform the school absence line on the first day of absence via telephone and every day there after.

If your child is going to be absent for an appointment we would ask that proof of the appointment is brought into school well in advance (whenever possible). However, we would prefer that all appointments are made outside of the child’s timetable.

Parents are requested not to arrange family holidays during term time. Requests for leave of absence should be submitted on a leave of absence form that is available within school on request and should be completed well in advance.

It is a fact that if attendance drops below 95%, achievement can be affected by one grade.

Punctuality To College

Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management. 
If you arrive late to college, you must sign in at the student reception desk, you will be marked late. 
If you arrive over an hour late for college, you shall be given a significantly late detention which has duration of 1hr, this will be recorded as a U code and affects your attendance.

Punctuality To Lessons

Punctuality to lessons is essential for academic progress, minutes missed in a lesson result in missed learning.  
Students who are late to lesson, without a valid reason, will be awarded a Late (L) mark for that period. 
Each time a student reaches 2 Lates to lesson this will result in a 30-minute late detention.

Leave of Absence in Term Time

  • The Anti-Social Behaviour Act (2003) provides the Local Authority, Schools and Academies the power to issue penalty notice fines for unauthorised leave of absence in term time.
  • No parent can demand leave of absence as a right.
  • Any request for leave of absence must be made in advance.
  • The request for leave of absence should be made by the parent /carer “with whom the child normally resides”. If this is the parent /carer who is not taking the child out of school / academy, the full name and address of the parent /carer who is taking the child out of school/academy must be provided on the form.
  • There is no requirement to authorise just because a request has been made. The amendments under The Education (Pupil Registration) ( England) Regulations 2006 make it clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances*. *See Code of Conduct /Guidance relating to Leave of Absence
  • The circumstances of each individual request for leave of absence will be taken into account on a case by case basis.
  • The decision to approve / not approve the request is for the school / academy, not the Authority or the parent. Only schools/ academies can authorise / not authorise absence.
  • If important work has been missed by the pupil due to the parents making a request for leave of absence the parents should not expect special arrangements to be made by the school/ academy for that pupil to catch up that work.

If you go ahead with the leave of absence when unauthorised, you may receive a Penalty Notice issued by the Local Authority. This penalty will be £60 per child if paid within 21days; payment after this time but within 28 days is £120

Failure to pay a fixed Penalty Notice will render you liable to criminal proceedings in the Magistrates Court under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996.

If you need to request a leave of absence please fill in the form and e-mail to


If you are struggling with your child’s attendance, the most important thing is to communicate this with us as soon as possible, you can contact us via the following email address:
We have an array of support that we can offer to work with parents or carers to improve their child’s attendance, such as:
  • Wellbeing calls carried out by the form tutor on the day of absence
  • Home visits, visiting the student at home to check on their wellbeing and to see if any support is needed from the college
  • Form tutor check ins, to identify any potential barriers the students may be facing in relation to their attendance
  • Internal school attendance panels, to set actions and review previous interventions
  • EWS involvement if appropriate
  • Access to a wellbeing team, who may refer out to other agencies. 


Attendance reward Chart

Every week you have 100% attendance your form tutor will give you a sticker to add to your reward chart. Every time you collect 5 stickers you win a prize; prizes can be collected on a Tuesday and Wednesday breaktime in the heart space.

Most improved Attendance

This is awarded every half term comparing the last HT to the previous one. 
Students are rewarded with a personalised letter and an amazon voucher!

Attendance Pin Badge Winners

Well done to the Y7 students who achieved 100% in term 1, they have been awarded with a bronze attendance pin badge to wear on their blazer with pride. Students will also have the chance to be awarded with silver and gold attendance pin badges as the academic year continues.

9 Days of Christmas 2022

Attend every day from the 5th of December till the 15th of December to be in with a chance of winning 1 of 200 prizes. Throughout this period there will be 4 prize draws, to be entered into the draws all you need to do it attend college every day! Prizes available include: selection boxes, Amazon vouchers, wireless earphones and Google Chromebooks


Congratulations to all the students who have managed to achieve 100% attendance this academic year (this does not include any confirmed COVID absences.) Well done to all the students that have achieved this, we are super proud of you. As well as a letter and a £10 amazon gift card, a certificate will be posted to your home address over the Summer holidays. 

Y11 In it to win it

Any Y11 student who attended school every day between May3rd – May16th was entered into the prize drawer to win one of five Google Chromebooks! Congratulation to our winners, what a fantastic prize, an excellent revision resource in the lead up to your exams! 


Any student that attended school every day between 28th March and 8th April were entered into the prize drawer. Prizes available were five Google Chromebooks and give Easter eggs per year group. Well done to all winners.

Christmas Attendance Winners 2021

Students that were in school every day between Monday 6th December – Thursday 16th December were entered into a prize drawer. Prizes available were five Google Chromebooks and one pair of wireless headphones per year group!

Frequently asked questions

Yes for confirmed COVID, otherwise students will not be allowed access to online lessons, however staff do upload their lesson resources to TEAMS for all students to access.

Your child must be in school to secure a present mark, even if an absence is authorised it will still affect your child’s attendance

Absence in which evidence has been provided, even though the absence is authorised this will affect your child’s attendance

Contact the school each morning with the reason for absence or provide a note from the GP with the days of absence

Your child has arrived over an hour late to college without a reason, this is classed as an absence and will affect your child’s attendance.

Form period is part of the school day and therefore it is compulsory.

The school’s target for each student is 100%.

Any child who has less than 90% attendance to college is classed as persistently absence.

This would be an unauthorised absence and a member of staff may visit your home address to complete a safe and well check.

Messages are sent for either of the following reasons:

Your child has not arrived to college

Your child has not registered for their allocated provision.

No holiday requests during term time will be authorised, therefore if you choose to do so you may be liable for a fixed penalty notice.

Important Documents

Attendance Leaflet

Covid-19 Guidance

Code of Conduct

Leave of Absence Form

Attendance Policy


Important Information

Dear Parents/Carers

Please note the College is open today and Year 11 will be expected on site for their Mock Examinations. However, for Years 7 to 10, if you cannot get your child to school safely today, then please ensure that they access remote learning via Teams. For safeguarding purposes, please email in to if your child is not going to be in and will be accessing Teams.

Any child who accesses Teams remotely today will receive a present attendance mark of a B code (educated off-site). If your child does not access Teams then they will be classified as absent Please note that attendance codes will be updated throughout the day.

Mrs Huddart


College Calendar

  • Tuesday 12th December – 14th December – School Show
  • Tuesday 16th January – Y8 Parents Evening
  • Tuesday 6th February – Y11 Parents Evening 2
  • Tuesday 27th February – Y9 Parents Evening
  • Tuesday 16th April – Y10 Parents Evening
  • Tuesday 30th April – Y7 Parents Evening