If your child needs to be absent from school for any reason please phone us by 8:35am on our direct line (01228 822646) or by selecting option 1 when ringing main school number (01228 822644).

If you do not get in touch you will receive a text message to inform you that your child is absent. Please ring us or respond to the text as a matter of urgency. It is of vital importance that you contact us in the event of each absence – this is to ensure that your child’s whereabouts are known and that they are safe.

Please bear in mind that if a student is going to be absent for 5 or more days for illness/medical reasons we kindly request that medical evidence of some kind is provided to cover the absence. This is to help in avoiding any unnecessary involvement from the Attendance Team due to low attendance caused by medical reasons.

If your child is absent from school for 5 days or less individual class teachers and the Team Leader should be consulted to ensure that missed work is caught up on. For long term absences an appropriate programme of reintegration will be organised with the Head of Year and other relevant staff (Attendance Officer or Inclusion Team). Reintegration is an individualised process but may be in the form of an adjusted timetable to allow for 1:1 time in the Inclusion Unit to catch up on core subjects with an agreed timescale for re-joining all lessons full-time. The reintegration programme will be reviewed and adjusted as needed in order to ensure that students are supported throughout.

Please install our official school app, My Ed. My Ed makes communication with school a breeze (i.e. in the event of an absence or medical appointment). You’re also able to stay up to date with important announcements (school trips, parents’ evenings), merits/demerits, class timetable, and a range of other resources. The best bit is it’s completely FREE to use!

Your child’s attendance is a very high priority here at the Morton Academy and we do whatever we can to ensure our students miss as little school as possible. We do this by encouraging attendance through education on the impact of high vs. low attendance and by offering rewards throughout the year. Sometimes there are problems at school or home that may affect a student’s attendance. We are here to offer support in these situations. We can:

  • remove barriers in school (by liaising with Head of Year and Pastoral Staff)
  • offer advice regarding child behaviour
  • refer to Targeted Youth Services
  • signpost to external agencies like Barnardos (family worker), Social Care or Health Service Providers


In order to help students achieve their best, we use a traffic light system in which all pupils who drop below 93% (Red category) are placed on an Attendance Improvement Plan. This is where the carer and pupil are invited to a meeting to discuss any barriers to school attendance; even if the reasons for absence have been unavoidable. This ensures that no students “fall through the gaps” and any potential problems are caught early on.

We strongly discourage carers from booking holidays during term time. Therefore, the Principal will only approve holiday absence in exceptional circumstances. If you choose to remove your child from school you must complete an absence request form a minimum of 14 days before the leave is to be taken. Be sure to state why the leave is an exceptional circumstance which cannot take place during school holidays. Forms are available from student services. If the leave is not authorized you may receive a penalty notice fine. The amount of the fine is £60.00 per child, per parent if paid within 21 days. If paid after 21 days but within 28 days the penalty notice is doubled to £120.00. Failure to pay a Penalty Notice will result in prosecution except in limited circumstances.

Why does school attendance matter?

  • Attendance as low as 90% can cause a drop of a full grade at GCSE
  • Only about one in four students with less than 90% attendance achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs
  • Only about one in ten students with less than 80% attendance achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs. Achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs can increase wages by 42%
  • 80% equates to your child missing 1 day a week – or a whole year’s education over the course of their secondary schooling!
  • Your child learns valuable life lessons at school like developing social skills and making lifelong friendships.

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