Student Absence

Attendance at Kendrick School is excellent. The school encourages full attendance at all times. In line with government and Local Authority (LA) expectations, absence for reasons other than illness is strongly discouraged. The school promotes and acknowledges good attendance.  All requests for absence must be made in writing to the Headteacher. 

Reporting a Student Absence

Via School Gateway

  • Click Notify in the top right of the Attendance screen
  • Type your message, including the date of the absence and explanation
  • Click Send in the top right of the screen
  • School Gateway will update once your school confirms your notification and updates the system

Via Email or the Student Unwell Line

If you cannot use the School Gateway App, please either email or call the school on 0118 901 5859, select Option 2, and leave a message on the dedicated unwell student line.

Please report an absence before 9am.

If your child is absent from school and we have not been informed, we will send a message via School Gateway.   We will ask you to contact the school to give the reason for their absence.

Planned Medical Appointments

If your child is missing school for a medical appointment please send an email to giving as much notice as you can. These absences will always be authorised.  Please note that students must be collected from school by a responsible adult for appointments that take place during school hours.

Participating in Drama, Music, Sport, events

We are happy to support students participating in drama, music, sport etc. out of school and if your child needs time off for any of these reasons please email in advance, explaining the reasons, for the Headteacher to consider.

Holiday in Term Time

We actively discourage term time holidays. You are strongly advised to apply for leave of absence before confirming your holiday arrangements. The headteacher will consider the reason for the request, the effect on the continuity of a student’s learning and their overall attendance. In most cases, some or all of this absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Parents/carers have a legal duty to ensure that their child attends school regularly. Please be aware that if you take your child out of school for an unauthorised holiday during term time, you may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. Please read the leaflet below from Brighter Futures for Children.  Please email your request, including the date of the first absence to the date of the last absence, together with an explanation as to why this holiday has to be taken in term time, to

Please do not contact Form Tutors, Heads of Year or individual staff members about absences of any description.

To enable us to use this system efficiently and effectively, it is important that email addresses and mobile numbers are kept to up to date. You can do this by emailing