Leaving School Early
The school places great emphasis on classes keeping pace with schemes of work. The attendance of students at lessons is very important, and withdrawal of students from timetabled classes will disrupt the curriculum.
Where early departure from school is necessary, parents and students should adhere to the procedure outlined above and use the Application for Authorised Absence from School form.
Parents may not come to the front reception desk during the day and expect to withdraw their children without prior notice.
In accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines, we would advise parents strongly that students should not be withdrawn from their classes, except in the case of an emergency or unavoidable medical appointment.
Students who leave school early for medical reasons will be recorded as absence Code N (unexplained and unauthorised) for the afternoon registration session. The student will then need to follow the procedure outlined above and submit the Application for Authorised Absence from School form and the supporting documentation in order to have this part day absence authorised.
An exception is made in the case of a student who has left school on the recommendation of the School Clinic. In such a case the student’s absence for the remainder of that school day will automatically be authorised as Code M (medical). However, should the absence extend into a second day, the usual evidence will be required before such absence is authorised as Code M. A further exception is made for the siblings of students who leave school on the recommendation of the School Clinic, in the event that the parent also needs to take them. Such cases are authorised as Code C.