Attendance & Punctuality

At High Tunstall College of Science, we believe that good attendance is directly linked to high achievement and that when students miss valuable lesson time, it can have a negative effect on their progress. It is college policy to work with students and their parents/carers when the student’s attendance falls below the college target.

On the first day of absence, and subsequent days, parents/carers must contact the attendance team to explain the reason for their child’s absence. If this contact is not made, the child’s absence will be marked as unauthorised until a reason is given.  All Holidays taken in term time will also be logged as unauthorised. For all appointments (medical etc.) we request that a copy of an appointment card or letter is handed into the college reception for the attention of the attendance team.

If students are feeling unwell during the college day, they must see their Student Support Officer or the attendance team, who will contact home. Students must not contact home themselves and must sign out at reception before leaving the college site.

All absences will be followed up by Heads of Years and Student Support Officers (SSO) who will work with the attendance team to ensure targets are met. Following an absence, students will be issued with a pink slip.  Students will then be required to get their pink slip(s) signed by their teachers once all work is completed and handed in.  Students will be given one week to get the slip(s) completed and returned to their SSO. Failure to do so could result in a lunch-time catch up class where the work will be brought to them and they will complete it under the supervision of a member of staff every day until completed.

Students with good attendance and punctuality are rewarded in celebration assemblies that take place a number of times across the academic year.

The vast majority of students at High Tunstall have good punctuality and arrive to college before Period 1 begins at 8:40am. All students should be in college for 8:35am for an 8:40am start.  Students will be recorded as late if they arrive to their class after registers close at 8:45am. If students arrive to college later than this time, they should report to the college reception to sign in and get their morning mark.

Sanctions are in place for students who are frequently late.