Attendance and Punctuality


Falmouth School attendance is overseen by Mr Brokenshire and Mr Lumbers. 

At Falmouth School we recognise that attending school regularly and on time has a positive impact on learning, progress and achievement. Excellent attendance and punctuality is the key for our student’s success. For that reason, we must ensure that attendance and punctuality are the highest they possibly can be in order to prepare our students for their future adult life. It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, staff, students and governors to ensure they achieve this. Therefore, we are committed to monitoring and reviewing the attendance of all our students regularly.


Lateness = Lost Learning = Minutes amount to days

Students should arrive at the school for no later than 8.35am. Registration begins at 8.35am and form tutors electronically take the first register of the day. Tutor time and the morning register closes at 09:00am. 

Students who arrive later than 09:00am must report to the main school reception, to sign in if they arrive after this time. Arriving late, after registration, without a legitimate reason will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. If a student needs to leave school early they need to bring a note to show their form tutor and make sure they show the note to the main reception and sign out when they leave. The school will contact you if we have concerns about punctuality.

Recent research has demonstrated that there is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievements.

96% attendance is the minimum target at Falmouth School. Students with attendance of less than this are at risk of underachievement.


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Research has shown that 17 days absence in a year = A drop of one grade at GCSE

Reporting an Absence

If your child is unable to attend school you must:

  • Contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence, before 9.00am. Please make sure you state your child’s name, tutor group and the reason for absence

  • Or, you can call into school and report an absence to reception

  • Continue to notify the school every day that your child is absent

  • Send a note in on the first day they return with an explanation of the absence – you must do this even if you have already telephoned us

  • Provide a copy of the appointment card for doctor, hospital or dental appointments upon their return.


If your child is absent, we will:

  • Telephone or text you on every day of absence if we have not heard from you

  • Invite you in to discuss the situation with our Learning Leader or Educational Welfare Office, if absences persist

  • May refer to the Education Welfare Service if attendance falls below 90%


Promoting Attendance

Staff and Students at Falmouth School are fully aware of the expectations surrounding attendance.

  • Regular assemblies take place in school highlighting the importance of attendance

  • Monthly attendance figures are given for each tutor group in assembly

  • Rewards given for excellent, good and improved attendance

  • Rewards given to tutor groups for achieving the best attendance

  • Informative displays regarding attendance in school.