It is our hope that frequent and regular absences can be avoided. Irregular attendance is a major barrier to progress and achievement in school. Beacon Hill consistently promotes high attendance and has very low truancy rates and we are determined to continue this. We treat absence from school seriously and will investigate any unexplained absence.

Attendance Policy

Attendance leaflet for parents/guardians

Parents are legally responsible for ensuring that their that their child(ren) receive their education by achieving good attendance of 95% or above and will be informed if there are any concerns with their child's attendance.

We are committed to raising attendance at Beacon Hill Community School and will work with every child to help them achieve the best from their education through good attendance. We use the BRAG (BLUE, RED, AMBER, GREEN) method of tracking and monitoring attendance. Each of the four colours identify where your child is in relation to their attendance.

The criteria for the BRAG (BLUE, RED, AMBER, GREEN) system is as follows:

Persistent absence
90% and below

PERSISTENT ABSENCE (9o% and below)

Where there is no response to attendance intervention and where the absence or pattern of absence has persisted without acceptable explanation, the school will formally involve the Local Authority Children’s Services which may lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution proceedings started by the Local Authority.

Authorised Absences

Headteachers have very limited discretion to grant leave and may only do so in exceptional circumstances as detailed in the absence request form below.

Where an absence during term time is agreed to be unavoidable, it is vital that it does not coincide with examinations or other important tests that your child has to take. This is particularly crucial in year 10 and 11 when students take GCSE Controlled Assessments throughout the year.

Please note: We advise that you do not plan for your child to be absent from school without gaining prior agreement first.  Headteachers cannot retrospectively authorise absence from school under any circumstances.

Key Stage 3 - Y7, Y8, Y9 - See school calendar for specific dates.
Key Stage 4 - Y10 internal examinations and Y11 mock examinations, December.
GCSE May/June - contact school for exact dates.

An Absence Request (Exceptional Circumstances) Form must be completed well in advance.


  • My time at Beacon Hill provided a massive range of opportunities which have proved valuable not only whilst studying at sixth form and when applying to university, but also in everyday life.
    Former student, 12 A*-C grade GCSEs
  • When I left Beacon Hill I had a career path in mind; I wanted to teach. This was down to 5 brilliant years at the school. I was inspired by my teachers who encouraged and supported me to believe in myself and my abilities.
    Former Student
  • We are impressed with how both of our children have settled in and are progressing though the school. We find staff understanding & helpful.
    Parent Survey
  • Progress is tracked effectively and extra help given quickly to students who need it.
  • The school has developed a really positive culture for learning, as a result of high expectations of both staff and pupils.
    Local Authority
  • The curriculum meets the needs of individual students particularly well [providing] a balance of academic and vocational courses for students to study at GCSE.
  • Students have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.
  • Evidence from pupil interviews, work scrutinies and HMI visit indicates that the Stage not Age curriculum is impacting positively on the quality of learning in the school.
    Local Authority
  • Students benefit from a very wide range of activities which enrich the curriculum… a wealth of field trips, sporting activities and drama productions
  • Teachers know their students extremely well and work is closely tailored to students’ individual needs.