Knox Academy is required to follow up any 'unexplained absences' on a pupil's record.  We do this in a number of ways:

  • For pupils in S1-4 if we have not received a telephone call providing a verbal explanation for absence we attempt to contact the parent/carer
  • We regularly send letters home to follow up absences which remain unexplained (i.e. a letter has not been received by the school office to explain the absence)
  • Guidance and the Attendance Officer liaise with parents/carers where an issue regarding attendance has been identified

We recently contacted the parents/carers of all pupils who have an unexplained absence on their record - this applies to 32% of our pupils at present!!  Parents/carers we need your help to bring this figure down...

  • Contact us before the school day to inform us your son/daughter will be absent.
  • Continue to send notes to inform us of appointments.
  • Send letters of absence with your son/daughter when they return to school following an absence - even if we have received a verbal explanation this is still required. 

Please remember that until we receive a letter from the parent/carer all absences are considered to be unexplained and may result in your son/daughter's absence being recorded incorrectly.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any queries regarding this matter.

Thank you.