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The Olympus Academy Trust is committed to delivering an outstanding education for young people, ensuring that our students have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and learning opportunities.

We work in close partnership with our schools, ensuring that we facilitate the sharing of best practice and provide access to a wide range of partners and resources for the benefit of our students and the wider community. Visit our website here or follow us on Twitter @olympustrust.


There may be occasions when non-attendance is unavoidable. If your son/daughter is unable to attend the Academy due to illness (or any other reason), it is important that you contact us asap:

Absence line: 01454 252066


On the day students return to the Academy they must bring a note from their parent/carer explaining the reason for absence.

Planned Absence
If a student’s family requests a leave of absence in term time, a form will need to be completed before the absence begins. Please be aware that such absences are only authorised in very exceptional circumstances. Absences taken without authorisation may lead to the involvement of the Education Welfare Service. This form can be accessed either from Academy Reception, or by clicking on the link below:

Click here to request for absence during term time.

Repeated lateness will result in disciplinary action being taken. Persistent absences will lead to Academy intervention.

Excellent attendance is intrinsically linked to academic achievement and progress.

Students who have regular absence, patterns of unauthorised absence, broken weeks of attendance and high levels of absence for minor illness are unlikely to achieve their academic potential.

DfE regulations regarding leave in term time state that no student may take leave during term time, unless this fits the criteria of an exceptional circumstance. The Headteacher will make the final decision as to what constitutes exceptional circumstances. If, due to exceptional circumstances, leave is granted, the Headteacher will determine the number of Academy days a child can be away.

Any requests for absence during term time must be placed in writing using the request for authorised absence form.

Any absence taken without authorisation may lead to the involvement of the Education Welfare Officer. Parents and carers may be issued a Penalty Notice for taking their child on holiday during term time without the consent of the Academy . Early intervention and student support sits at the heart of our approach to raising levels of student attendance.

The Olympus Academy Trust prioritises the monitoring, support and robust action needed to secure high levels of attendance and works in close partnership with the Local Authority to place matters before the court in circumstances where parents/carers do not ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually.

Our Attendance Policy is in the process of being updated to reflect the new day timings from September 2018 and will be posted here shortly