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Attendance and Punctuality 

Report an Absence

EGA uses the efficient and secure system for reporting child absences due to illness, called Studybugs. If you haven’t already, please get the free Studybugs app, or register on the Studybugs website, and use it to tell us whenever your child’s ill and unable to attend school. Get the app or register now (https://studybugs.com/about/parents)


Outstanding attendance and punctuality, to school and lessons, are vital if your child is to learn and achieve their best. Absences disrupt learning and it is very difficult to catch up on what has been missed. Parents/Carers have a legal duty to ensure their child attends school on time every day.

To sign up to Studybugs click on link - https://studybugs.com/about/parents


As a school we will ensure that:

  • Students are registered accurately and efficiently in every lesson to enable us to monitor attendance and punctuality;
  • Attendance targets are set for individual students, tutor groups, year groups and for the whole school;
  • Parents/Carers are contacted when reasons for absence are unknown or unauthorised.  Parents can also track attendance online using the “Parent Link” tab on the school’s website or via the school’s MyEd app;
  • The attendance team will intervene when a student’s attendance or punctuality fall below the levels required for outstanding progress;
  • Students are rewarded for improving and maintaining outstanding attendance and punctuality;
  • Support is offered to students and parents/carers to encourage good attendance and punctuality;
  • A free Breakfast is available to every student from 8.00am as well as study spaces.

Students will be encouraged to:

  • Attend school regularly and on time;
  • Communicate with staff if there is an issue that may affect their attendance or punctuality;
  • Report to the school attendance team if their attendance or punctuality fall below the levels required for outstanding progress;
  • Actively engage with support provided to improve attendance and punctuality.


Parents/Carers are legally obliged to:

  • Encourage good attendance and punctuality;
  • Ensure that their child does not miss school unless they are seriously ill;
  • Inform the school on the first day of non-attendance giving a suitable explanation and provide a letter explaining the absence on the  student’s return to school;
  • Not take students away from school during term time.

The school and governors will not authorise any holidays in term time. If your child goes on holiday her place at EGA could be lost and parents/carers will be issued with penalty notices under Section 444A and 444B of the Education Act 1996.


If your child has to miss school you must:

Telephone the school office immediately on 020 7689 9311 and provide a letter giving the reasons for your child's absence to the school reception when they return.

Minor Illness

Illness is the main cause of absence, both at EGA and nationally. Sometimes parents find it difficult to know whether or not their child is well enough to attend school or not. We hope that this guide will help parents to make an informed decision.

Remember: students often feel much better once they get to school and we can always send them home if they get worse.


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