Due to technical issues with our new management information system which went live Monday 24 Feb, we are currently unable to send out, as promised, the text message advising you of your child's student absence reporting number. We hope to be able to do this tomorrow, Tuesday 25 February. If your child is absent from school before you receive this text, please phone our main reception on 01278 455531 before 8.40 am and leave a message. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Information for current parents

STUDENT ABSENCE LINE - if you child is absent from school, please TEXT 07860 095106

We know how important it is to our parents to know what is happening at school. Being able to find the information you need quickly and easily, as well as knowing how best to contact the school when you have a question or concern, is vital.


Below are links to the most frequently accessed information on our website:

Information for prospective parents

We are delighted you are considering our school for your child. Haygrove is an excellent secondary school where pupils make good progress and achieve outstanding examination results.


Below are links to some of the important information you need to make the right decision for your family:

If you need to get in touch or wish to make an appointment:


Phone 01278 455531 between 8 am - 4 pm or use our Contact Us enquiry form

Contact Form

If your enquiry is urgent, please telephone the School Reception during school hours to leave a message for a member of staff who will call you back within 2 school days. You can also telephone the school to make an appointment to meet with a Head of Year.
If you prefer, you can use this online form to contact your child's Head of Year - you will usually receive a response to your online enquiry within 3 school days. Please direct all general school enquiries that do not relate to a student at Haygrove School to the School Receptionist.
You can also email the school using this form.
If you are unsure to whom you should send your enquiry, please address it to Mrs C Canham, Headteacher at the School Office.
Our website includes lots of useful information about the school, so before you submit your enquiry it may be worthwhile checking that the answer to your question is not on one of the web pages already.

Student Absence Line: text - 07860 095106
Staff Absence:  email: lwoodley@educ.somerset.gov.uk
Access onto the school site
Please note that parents should not to drive onto the school site to drop off or collect children. If you do require access to the site during school hours, please seek permission from the Headteacher in advance.
We have limited parking available at the school if you are visiting.
Haygrove School is a small site and we do not wish to compromise the safety of those who work and study here. Your cooperation in this respect is much appreciated.
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Haygrove School places a high priority on regular attendance and punctuality by our students. As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure your child attends school regularly and on time.

All students should aim for 100% attendance with 96% as a minimum.              

Students arriving late after the register has closed will be given an unauthorised mark which counts as an absence. The register opens at 08:40am and closes at 09:00am.

The Government classes all children with 90% attendance or under as being a Persistent Absentee. 90% attendance (10% absence) over 5 school years is the equivalent of half a year off.

As a parent/carer, it is a legal requirement to:

  • Ensure your child comes to school every day, on time, fully equipped, in correct uniform and ready to learn.
  • Ensure the school has up to date addresses and contact telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school.
  • Contact the school on the first day of your child’s absence and for each day of absence thereafter. You must also provide an explanatory note on their return to school.
  • Where possible, ensure that ALL medical appointments are made outside of school time, except in cases of medical emergency.
  • Ensure that holidays are not taken in term time. Any Leave of Absence must be applied for in writing and can only be agreed by the Headteacher and only for exceptional circumstances. If Leave of Absence is not agreed, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence.

Things as a parent you can do:

  • Parents and carers can help by encouraging the maximum possible attendance at school and by contacting us at the earliest possibility to explain an absence and advising us in writing when your child returns to school.
  • Contact your child’s tutor, Head of Year or the Early Interventions & Vulnerable Student Mentor Manager if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into school.
  • Respond to school letters or phone calls regarding attendance and punctuality
  • Make yourself familiar with the schools Attendance Policy

Holidays in Term Time

Haygrove School follows Government regulations (amended September 2013). Therefore, absence as a result of holidays taken during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Parents need to apply in writing for holiday absence with details of such exceptional circumstances, in advance to the Headteacher for consideration. 

 As previously advised in July 2018 via our Facebook Page and the March 2019 edition of Heads Up, our School Attendance Policy has been updated and was agreed by Governors in February 2019. 

Therefore, as of June 3rd 2019, if a holiday request is not authorised, a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60 per parent per child may be issued if your child’s attendance is less than 96% on return from the holiday and there have been at least 10 sessions of unauthorised absences within the last 12 school weeks. Early on in any new academic year, your child’s attendance from the previous year will also be considered. 

Please see Parent Information Sheet and School Attendance Policy for further information.

Taking your child out of school in term time Information Sheet

Attendance Policy 

Term Dates

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