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Pupil Absence

At Cardinal Griffin Catholic College, we aim to create an inclusive, nurturing and welcoming ethos in which pupils are stimulated and grow in self-esteem and to experience success.

In supporting students in achieving optimum attendance at school, students are more likely to reach their potential and be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve economic success.


If your child is absent, please inform the school by telephone or email on the first day of absence before 8.40 am, and every day after.

Clearly state your child’s name, form, reason for absence and likely return date. 

Year 7-11: Please contact the Attendance Hotline on 01543 502215 and press Option 1, or text 07860 876047. You can also email absence@cardinalgriffin.staffs.sch.uk

Year 12-13: Please contact Sixth Form on 01543 502215 ext 278.

On his or her return to college, please send a letter or note in with your child who will hand this to the form tutor.

We respectfully request that routine medical appointments are made out of college hours so as not to impact on your child’s education. Where they are unavoidable, it is beneficial to make an appointment after your child has registered and that covers part of break or lunchtime, as this has less impact on both their learning and personal attendance record. Please discuss unavoidable absences well in advance of the event. Any holiday/leave of absence requests should be put to the Headteacher in writing. However, it should be noted that family holidays during term time will not be authorised.