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 ParentMail App
You can report a student absence due to illness through the ParentMail App. Please see the guidance below:

  • From the ParentMail App, open ‘Absences’ and select the name of child who will be absent.
  • Select a reason for absence from a drop down menu.
  • Select an amount of time that your daughter is likely to be off school for.
  • Add any additional notes, and then send to school.
  • Please note this reporting can only be done via the ParentMail App.

Via the Unwell Student Line
If you cannot use the App, please call the school on 0118 901 5859, select Option 2, and leave a message on the dedicated unwell student line. In either case, please do this before 9am.

If your daughter is absent from school and we have not been informed we will send a message via ParentMail.   We will ask you to telephone the school to give the reason for her absence.

Planned Medical Appointments

If your daughter is missing school for a medical appointment please send an email to admin@kendrick.reading.sch.uk 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 daughter needs time off for any of these reasons please ask her to collect a form from the General Office for you to fill in. This form is passed to Ms Kattirtzi who will then send a letter home to confirm.

Holiday in Term Time
We actively discourage term time holidays, but if you feel you must take your daughter out of school, please ask her to collect as form as above. This form is passed to Ms Kattirtzi who will look at each individual request and you will receive a response by letter or email.  In most cases some or all of this absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

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 admin@kendrick.reading.sch.uk.