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At Frome College attendance matters for all our students and we are all working together to ensure that students achieve their maximum academic potential.

It is a long-established fact that poor college attendance can have a negative impact on academic progress. Recent national studies have shown students who are able to maintain good attendance of 95% and above are 80% more likely to achieve 5+ GCSE grades 9-4.

Please remember, all students should arrive promptly for registration at 8.45am. If your child is unable to attend school, it is vital that you call the absence line, for every day your child is absent on 01373 469008 and leave a clear message detailing your child’s name, tutor group and reason for absence.


Is my child too ill for school? 

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they're unwell. Click on the link below for advice.

For lengthy absences, i.e. more than 3 consecutive days you may be asked to provide a medical evidence from a healthcare professional. We would ask all parents to please make all appointments out of school hours, where at all possible, as it can be very disruptive to learning.

Please be aware, the Department for Education regard any student’s attendance which is below 90% as a persistent absence, this means that college will closely monitoring students who are not achieving an overall attendance of 95% and above. A 90% attendance rate over a child’s whole time at school (average 19 days’ absence each year) would mean that by the end of Year 11, the equivalent of over a school year will have been missed.

• Annual attendance of 95% is 10 days that your child has been absent
• Annual attendance of 90% is 19 days absent, that is almost 4 school weeks missed
• Annual attendance of 85% is 29 days absent, that is almost 6 school weeks missed
• Annual Attendance of 80% is 38 days absent, that is over 7 school weeks missed

Combining good attendance and good punctuality ensures that your child has the best possible preparation for taking their place in the wider community beyond Frome College and into the workplace or further study. We would therefore ask that you support your child and Frome College, enabling us together, to provide those basic principles that will lead to a happy and successful adult equipped with an education, self-belief and commitment to taking their place in the global market.

Useful Information

MNSP Attendance Policy

The Education Attendance Officer - Information for Parents and Carers

Attendance codes and how they count towards statutory attendance




 School attendance and absence - information from




Information for parents/carers on how to support your child with Emotional Based School Avoidance

Emotional Based School Avoidance (EBSA), also known as Anxiety-Based School Avoidance (ABSA), is a term used to describe children and young people (CYP) who experience persistent challenges in attending school due to negative feelings, such as anxiety.


Young Minds - help for parents and carers

Young Minds have lots of practical advice and tips on supporting your child - from how to encourage your child to open up about their feelings to dealing with mental health services.

They also have our Parents Helpline who can provide advice and support if you're worried about a child or young person.



Child Law Advice

Provides information about the law on school attendance and the powers of the Local Authority in enforcing school attendance.

Education Hub. Why school attendance is important.

Please click the links below to see our leave of absence request form:

Statement Explaining Requesting Leave
Leave of absence in term time form


If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please contact Attendance on 01373 469008 or email