Reporting an Absence

In order to maintain accurate attendance records and ensure the health and safety of all students, all parents/carers must:

  • Phone the school absence line 020 7473 7548 before 8am each day with an explanation of your child's absence.
  • Ensure your child arrives in school at their designated times stated in the table below.
  • Advise the school immediately of change of telephone numbers and of address via email at Contact@cumberlandcst.org. We require proof of address in order to amend this.  
  • Provide medical evidence if requested. It must be taken to the student window on your child’s return to school.
  • Notify in advance any medical appointment, which could not be made out of school hours. Letters, appointment cards and notes must be shown.
  • No students, if unwell or if permission has otherwise been granted, are allowed to leave school premises out of regular school hours without an accompanying parent or carer.
  • Check with the school or the website (term dates)  to ensure that parents/carers and pupils are aware of the correct term-dates.
  • For further information regarding Covid-19 related absences, please see the table below.

Year Group Designated Arrival Times

Year Time Entrance
Year 7 8am - 8.10am Oban Close
Year 8 8.10am - 8.20am Woodside Road
Year 9 8.10am - 8.20am Oban Close
Year 10 8.20am - 8.30am Oban Close
Year 11 8am - 8.10am Woodside Road

 

Covid 19 Absences

What to do if.... Actions needed Return to school when...

...my child has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-Isolate
  • Get a test immediately
  • Inform school immediately about the result

...the test comes back negative

...my child tests positive for coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-Isolate for at least 10 days
  • Inform school immediately about the result

They can return to school after 10 days even if they have some of the symptoms as they can last for several weeks after the infection is gone

...somebody in my household has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-Isolate
  • Household member to be tested immediately
  • Inform school immediately about the result

...the household member’s test is negative

...somebody in my household has tested positive for the coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-Isolate for 14 days

...the child has completed 14 days of self-isolation

...NHS or Local Authority test and trace have identified my child as a “close contact” of somebody with symptoms or confirmed coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-Isolate for 14 days

...the child has completed 14 days of self-isolation

...we/my child has travelled to a country which is not on/no longer on the list of the exempted countries and now has to complete a period of quarantine

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-Isolate for 14 days

...the child has completed 14 days of self-isolation

...we have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact the school immediately
  • Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again

...restrictions have been lifted and your child can attend school again

 

For more information about the importance of attendance and punctuality for all students, please see our parents guide below.

TCS Parents Guide to Attendance


ParentMail

The school uses ParentMail, to contact you on all issues relating to lateness or absence.  Please ensure you sign up to ParentMail, which is also the school's catering and communication system.  If you have any questions on how to do this please do not hesitate to contact the school. Please see video tutorial below to see how to register.

 


Unauthorised absences

Important - This school does not permit parents/carers to take students out of school during term-time under any circumstances for:

  • Holidays
  • Medical treatment abroad
  • Travel abroad/Away from home for family issues

Students who do this may lose their school place or receive a penalty notice.

Students, whose attendance falls below the Government guidelines of 90% or with poor punctuality, will be asked to attend a school attendance panel meeting.


Late students

Students arriving after their designated times will be marked as late and will receive a 60 minute detention on the same day. Students that arrive from 8.35am are required to sign themselves in using the booking in system at the student window located by reception. This is to ensure that their attendence can be registered

We hope that all parents/carers work co-operatively with the school.