Attendance at Hove Park School

Every School Day Matters

Each year we are able to show a clear link between students that attend school more regularly by far outperforming their peers academically. Students that attend school every day are also much more likely to feel more settled at school in their teaching groups and with friendships.

At Hove Park School we work closely with parents/carers and students to ensure regular and punctual school attendance. Our attendance target is 96% and all students are expected to maintain a level as close to this as possible.

The attendance team sits within the pastoral structure of the school on both sites. Both sites have a full time Attendance Officer. KS3 Debbie Willard 01273 294987 dwillard@hovepark.org.uk and for KS4 Marie Hughes 01273 294833 mhughes@hovepark.org.uk . Contact can also be made by emailing valleyabsence@hovepark.org.uk or nevillabsence@hovepark.org.uk

School also employs an Education Welfare Officer (EWO) covering both sites; Lisa Carruthers lcarruthers@hovepark.org.uk

If you are concerned about your child’s attendance the first point of contact is your child’s Tutor or the attendance officer who will be able to support you with initial queries and concerns, where attendance doesn’t improve and/or there are more complexities to deal with cases will be passed through to the year team and the Educational Welfare Officer.

Where attendance shows no sign of improvement with intervention they will be referred to the Local Authority. Under section 444 of the Education Act 1996 parents have a legal responsibility to ensure regular and punctual school attendance. Failure to do so may lead to legal proceedings being taken against you by the Local Authority under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996. Alternatively, the school may request that the Local Authority issues a penalty notice for £60 per parent per child to be paid within 21 days. If the penalty is not paid within the time scale the penalty will increase to £120. If the higher penalty is not paid within 28 days, you may be prosecuted.

We draw your attention to the following links:

• Attendance and Punctuality Policy 


• Persistent Absence – A Guide for Parents/Carers