Student Absence If your child is absent from College for any reason please telephone the College absence line (01509 504511) before 9.00 am on each day of absence to report the absence and give a reason.The attendance record will then be updated accordingly. Any requests for absences other than illness should be made in writing to the Principal. Holidays in term time Permission must be sought from the Principal if you wish to take your child out of school during term time. Any requests for term time absence must be made in advance and in writing. Requests will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances and it is the decision of the Principal how many days a child may be away from school if the request is authorised. Parents/carers are reminded that unauthorised absence may result in legal proceedings and a fine.