In order for children to succeed in school, it is vital that they have a good attendance record. Therefore, students should only be absent if they are too ill to come to school, or in exceptional circumstances. If an absence is unavoidable then a family adult should telephone the Academy on the first day of the absence and every day thereafter. Absences can be reported directly to a member of the office team or by leaving a message on the absence line.  You can also contact us by emailing attendance@arkcastledown.org. Please remember to give specific details of the illness. Phone calls should be made before 8.30am on each day of absence. If we have not heard from you by 9.30am, we will contact you directly. When a student returns we require a short written note outlining the reason for the absence for our records and a doctor’s certificate if the absence has been longer than five days.

The academy is under a legal obligation to report any unauthorised or persistent absences to ESBAS (The Local Authority Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service), who will then contact the family to discuss the reasons for the absences.

If your child is likely to be absent from school due to illness for a long period of time, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss any support needed to ensure your child can keep up to date with what is taking place in school. 

Please note that absence due to sickness or diarrhoea requires your child to be away from school for 48 hours.