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Attendance at St Brendan's

We expect all students to attend all lessons on their timetable (including Tutorials, RPE, English/Maths Plus and Grade Boost/Progress to Success - these are compulsory lessons for all St Brendan's students).

Students, however, may leave College when they are free: they can also relax in the Café Max or Min or use the Library Resource Centre. If a student needs to leave College at other times they should go to B5 (College Nurse) or C5 (Progress Tutor Office) and sign out in person. 


Research in Sixth Forms shows a considerable link between success and high attendance levels. It is the expectation that students should attend regularly therefore attendance will be carefully monitored across all aspects of a student’s timetable.

There may be exceptional circumstances where a student cannot attend and these absences have been listed below and will be recorded as authorised absences. Absences will only be approved if the reason for absence is unavoidable and the evidence has been provided prior to the event.

Authorised Absences:

  • University Open days (3 maximum).
  • University/Apprenticeship Interviews.
  • Hospital / Orthodontist appointments.
  • Practical Driving test.
  • Bereavement / Funeral (parent/carer to email for it to be authoirsed).

Unauthorised absences:

  • General sickness will NOT be authorised.
  • Routine medical and dental appointments will NOT be authorised (they should be booked not to interfere with courses).
  • Driving theory tests will NOT be authorised (they should be booked not to interfere with courses).
  • Holidays taken in term time will NOT be authorised. Please see the section Holiday during Term Time for more information.

Automatic emails will be sent to students and primary contact daily if a lesson/s are missed and the absence has not been reported correctly to college. 

If a student’s overall attendance drops below 90% then they may see the intervention process actioned. 

Any questions about attendance please email