Authorised/Unauthorised Absences 2015/2016

Number on Roll (Years 7 - 11) : 1115

Percentage of half days missed due to :

Overall Absence
John Henry Newman School : 4.4%
England Average* : 5.0%             

Persistent Absence (absent for 10% or more of sessions)
John Henry Newman  School : 9.3%
England Average* : 12.4%          

*England Average 2016

It is our policy to maintain excellent attendance. While some absences, such as for illness, are quite unavoidable, we find that students with a full attendance are more confident and more successful in their studies.

The following routines are part of our response to the need to monitor attendance: 


  • Parents must inform school immediately a student is absent , using our Absence line: 01438 791982

  • Our Attendance Officer will contact parents as soon as a student is absent with no explanation if they are deemed to be at risk.

  • Parents of any student who is absent with no explanation will be contacted.

  • Continued and frequent absences with no satisfactory explanation will be referred to the Attendance Improvement Officer.

  • Only the Head teacher can authorise an absence from school.

  • Attendance at lessons throughout the day is monitored and random attendance checks will be undertaken to deter unauthorised absences from lessons.

  • Rewards will be given for good attendance and where a marked improvement in attendance is achieved.

    Recent changes in legislation make it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers no longer have the discretion to allow any time for a family holiday or to agree to extended leave for parents to visit their country of origin. While we appreciate that it can be more expensive to go away in the holiday periods this ultimately means losing valuable school time at the expense of your child’s education. If your child is absent from school because of a holiday which has not been agreed, this will be classified as an unauthorised absence and you may be fined or legal action taken against you.

    If you feel that the circumstances are exceptional then an application should be made to school, prior to any arrangements being made. The Headteacher will then decide whether or not the absence can be authorised.


Our aim is to help students and pupils make informed choices at each phase of their education that best suit their aspirations and maximise their chances of future success. Our curriculum is carefully tailored to support pupils in their choices throughout their education from Year 7 to Year 13. Around 95% of our students who apply through UCAS are successful in getting their first choice university; virtually all students gain admission to major universities including a high percentage to Sutton Trust and Russell Group universities as well as Oxbridge, where they study a diverse and fascinating range of subjects and career pathways. Students who chose to follow the apprenticeship pathway are well prepared for this highly competitive route and achieve excellent positions in a wide variety of exciting industries.

University Destinations for School Leavers from the Academic Year 16/17

University Course
University of Birmingham Chemical Engineering with International & Industrial Study
University of Bristol Mathematics
Politics & International Relations
Economics & Politics
University of Cambridge

Natural Sciences

Durham University Mathematics
Computer Science
University of Leeds

Acounting & Finance
English Literature
Asia Pacific Studies (International)
International History & Politics
Mechanical Engineering

University of Manchester Chinese Studies
University of Newcastle upon Tyne Fine Art
Chemical Engineering
University of Nottingham English with Creative Writing
Psychology and Philosophy
Politics and International Relations
Queen Mary University of London Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Biological Science 4 Year)
Queen's University Belfast Economics
Spanish and Portuguese Studies
University of Oxford French and Beginners' Russian
University of Southampton Fashion and Textile Design
Business Management with Placement
Aeronautics and Astronautics
University of Warwick Theatre and Performance Studies
University of York Economics
Politics with International Relations
Philosophy, Politics & Economics
Acounting, Business Finance & Management with a Year in Industry
Social Policy - Crime & Criminal Justice