Cowes Enterprise College is committed to giving our students the best education available to them and to continue to raise our standards, this can only be achieved through regular attendance.

Academy daily procedures


The academy will take the attendance register at the start of the first session of each academy day at 8.30am, and once during the second session in the afternoon. Students will not be marked present if they were not in during the period when the register is open.

Students are expected to enter the academy prior to 8.25am.

Any student arriving to their tutor classroom after 8.30am will be marked as late and a text will be sent to parents to inform them.

The register closes at 9.00am. Students arriving this time will be marked as unauthorized late, meaning an unauthorized absence is recorded as a result of the students having missed the legal registration period.

Reporting an absence

It is the responsibility of parents to inform the academy of a student absence.

To report a student absence, parents should telephone the academy on 01983 203103 and select Option 1 to leave a message on the student absence line before 8.30am.  In this message, parents should leave details of the reason for absence and when their child will be returning to the academy. In line with safeguarding procedures, a call must be made at the start of each day of absence.

Parents are required to send a letter of explanation of absence when their child returns to school. This should be delivered to reception.

Term time absence

We require parents to observe the term times of the academy, and the academy will only authorise leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances.

Any requests for leave during term time will be considered on an individual basis and the student’s previous attendance record will be considered. The academy does not have the discretion to authorise holidays taken during term time.

If the academy grants a leave request we will determine the length of time that the student can be away from the academy. If term time absence is not granted, taking a student out of the academy will be recorded as an unauthorized absence and may attract sanctions such as a penalty notice.

If you wish to apply for a leave of absence for your child in term time, you will need to complete an ‘Application for Leave of Absence’ form and return it to the school office no later than 14 days before the requested date.