Behaviour for Learning

Attendance and Punctuality

For you to reach the highest academic standards of achievement, you must recognise that all courses at the College require full and uninterrupted attendance. In order to do this students are expected to meet the following standards:

  • Attend all timetabled commitments and appointments i.e. subject lessons, supervised study sessions, academic coaching sessions and enrichment classes throughout the academic day.
  • Be punctual to all timetabled commitments and appointments.
  • Contact the College to report if you are ill and unable to attend (usually through reporting absence on Tyber).
  • Give a written explanation of any absence, including producing appointment letters for unavoidable appointments during the College day.
  • Do not take holidays during the College terms.
  • Make routine dentist, doctor and optician appointments out of College time and do not schedule driving lessons during College time.
  • If you leave the premises for any reason e.g. you are feeling unwell, you must sign out via Tyber and click on Report Absence.

Recording of Attendance and Punctuality

We operate an electronic registration system. Attendance is recorded for every timetabled class and you can view your attendance at any time on Tyber. The procedure regarding punctuality is also detailed on all classroom doors.

  • If you arrive after the start of the lesson you will receive a late mark and be asked by the teacher to explain the reasons for lateness. If you are more than 10 minutes late you will receive a very late mark.
  • If there are issues with your attendance and punctuality, your teachers will discuss this with you through a commitment interview. If the issues continue this may lead to a commitment contract and the involvement of parents/carers. The ultimate sanction is exclusion from College.
  • In the event of an absence from College, automated email notifications will be sent to students and parents/guardians.
  • There are also regular programme attendance checks and unacceptable levels of attendance and punctuality are communicated in writing to parents/carers and discussed with Academic Coaches in one-to-one sessions.
  • If there are extenuating reasons for absence, we encourage you to talk these through with your Academic Coach.
  • If you are unavailable for an agreed appointment, it is polite to let staff know in advance.

Reporting of Absence

Students are expected to report all absences. These are the ways you can report yourself absent:

  • The College should be informed early on the first day of absence. We ask that you or your parents/carers contact us via Tyber. Click on Report Absence and fill in the specified fields relating to reason for absence and giving an indication of how long you are likely to be away from College.
  • If you are unable to register your absence via Tyber please telephone us on 0121 709 7808 and provide the following information: name, date of birth, coaching set group and reason for and length of absence. Where there is concern about the authenticity of a message, the College will seek confirmation of the absence by phone or mail.

Part Time Employment

Part-time employment offers many personal and financial benefits; it helps develop employability skills and provides useful experience for future careers. However it can have detrimental effects upon College work, so we strongly recommend that:

  • Students work no more than 10 hours/week, preferably at weekends;
  • Students do not undertake work that is unduly tiring e.g. that involves working late at night, which may affect attendance or concentration the following day;
  • Students are always available for timetabled or other commitments during normal College hours (9.00am – 4.05pm) plus any other evening and weekend commitments;
  • Where a clash of interests occurs, College commitments take priority.

Holiday Requests

Students wishing to take time off during term time for holidays or family events must make an application in writing to their senior manager or the Principal. Most requests will not be granted, because missing lessons is highly detrimental to a student’s progress. If permission is granted, students will be expected to make up all work missed by an agreed deadline.

Identity Cards

You will be issued with your personal identity card at enrolment and it is very important that you keep and carry the card with you at all times. You will need it to access the College site and use all College facilities and must show your ID card if requested to do so by any member of staff.

The safety and security of our students and staff are paramount and we are committed to managing access to the site in a professional way that safeguards both students and staff and develops a sense of responsibility. Consequently we operate a zero tolerance policy and students without ID cards are not allowed onto site. If you lose your card you will be charged £10.00 per replacement card. Students will be required to use their identity cards to pay for printing from our computer systems. You will be given an initial allowance and may pay for extra printing.