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Good attendance is key to success at Bexleyheath Academy; our heads of years work closely with parents and carers to support good attendance and punctuality for all students. We have an automated system in place that will send parents/carers a text message if your child is absent when they shouldn't be.

What should I do if my child is absent?

  • Phone the student absences line on  020 8298 2879

Academy Day

The length of the school week is 34 hours 30 minutes. The length of time in lessons is 25 hours. The requirement of the DCSF is 24 hours.

  • Registration - 08:30
  • Period 1 - 09:10
  • Period 2 - 10:10
  • Break - 11:10
  • Period 3 - 11:30
  • Period 4 - 12:30
  • Lunch - 13:30
  • Period 5 - 14:15
  • School Day Ends - 15:15

Regulation Changes for Holidays in Term Time

The Department for Education (DfE) amended the regulations governing requests for holidays in term time. With effect from September 2013, amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 make it clear that Headteachers MAY NOT grant any holidays or other absences during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

The Headteacher will carefully review any request for leave of absence during term time but it is only in the most exceptional circumstances that leave can even be considered or granted.

The Headteacher must determine what are exceptional circumstances and the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

Also, as of September 2013, the DfE amended the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007, so that any parent/carer who receives a Penalty Notice for taking their child out of school during term time will have to pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days.

Previously, parents had 28 days to pay £60 and 42 days to pay £120.

I am by law required to comply with these amendments to the regulations, which affect all absences from school during term time.

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Many thanks in advance of your continuing support in this most important of matters.