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Attendance & Punctuality


In preparing your child for adult life we make no apology for having such a stringent and tough approach to student attendance.  We want all students to attend 100% of the time, however a minimum of 96% is expected.  Places at colleges and opportunities in employment are becoming increasingly competitive and key skills that are being demanded are reliability, good attendance and punctuality. Therefore we need to set high standards at this stage to give your child the best opportunities in their adult life.

May we remind parents, if your child is absent, it is a requirement that you phone or text Mrs Duffy (Attendance Officer) direct on 01202 636996 or 01202 528554 before 8.40am each morning they are absent from school. 

Rewarding positive attendance:

We are investing in positive attendance.  Each week we reward a student from each House who has a 100% attendance for that week. The winner gets a a prize which is presented each week in the House Assembly. Please remind your child of this if you need to encourage them to get out of bed in the morning!   We also reward students who have 100% attendance for every full term they achieve this.

Challenging poor attendance:

The Bourne Academy will not tolerate persistently poor attendance levels and have taken a number of measures to challenge poor attendance of individual students.  This includes applications made to Bournemouth Borough Council for penalty notices to parents/carers of students with persistently poor attendance.  Penalty notice applications will also be sought for any unauthorised holidays taken during term time without the written permission of the Principal. This will only be granted in the most exceptional of circumstances, so please bear this in mind when planning holidays.

If you have any queries regarding your child’s attendance please contact their Head of House or the Education Social Worker, Jackie Beer.

Please read the Home School Agreement signed by all parent/carers and students on entry to The Bourne Academy.

Bournemouth Borough Council Penalty notice Code of Conduct 

Please note:  In the event of school closure due to adverse weather conditions, parents/carers will be notified by text and if possible by email. Notification will also be posted on the website. News will also be available on the local radio stations, Heart and FIRE FM as well as the Bournemouth Echo website.


At The Bourne Academy, constant lateness is unacceptable and not only disrupts the first class of the morning but also means that children miss out on a structured start to the Academy morning.

Parents/carers are responsible in law for ensuring that their child arrives at school punctually.  All students should be in the Academy 8.40am at the latest.

Student's arriving after 8.40am must have one of the following:

  • A note from parent/carer advising why the student is late
  • A late pass which must be shown to the Head of House on duty

Students' who arrive late without a note, or a late pass (eg a young carer's late pass), will be placed in LOST (loss of social time) the same day.  Students who are late on 3 occasions during a term will have to attend a meeting with their parents and Head of House to discuss and implement strategies to prevent further lateness.

  • Late = LOST at break, in the first instance (doubled up to lunch, if not attended)
  • X 3 lates - meeting with parents/carers

In addition, a student who arrives late without a note from you, or late pass, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.  If a student has ten or more unauthorised absences within a six week period, the Academy will request a Penalty Notice from Bournemouth Borough Council.  Penalty Notices incur a fine of £60 (if paid within 21 days) or £120 (if paid within 28 days) per child, per parent/carer.