Watford Grammar School for Girls expects full attendance from every pupil. Unless she is ill, your daughter should be at school.
Exceptions to this general rule will be rare, but parents are encouraged to discuss any serious problems that are affecting or will affect a pupil’s attendance with a suitable member of staff. This might be your daughter’s Form Tutor or Head of Year, or one of the Senior Leadership Team.
All requests for absence should be made in writing, addressed to the Headmistress.
The school does not and will not approve the removal of a pupil from school so that the family can take a holiday during term time.
We have a dedicated absence reporting line so that you can inform us when your daughter is not able to attend school. Please call or email as early as possible on each day that she does not attend, not just on the first day. If you have done this on each day, there is no need to write a note when your daughter returns to school; otherwise, we will need a note on her return.
Absence line (24 hrs)
Ring 01923 442788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your daughter is in school but not going to be in registration (am or pm) e.g. because of a sporting event/club, music lesson, meeting with a teacher etc, she must inform her Form Tutor or the School Office.
It is against school policy to take holidays during term time. If a girl needs to miss school for any occasion other than illness or an emergency, permission must be sought by writing to the Headmistress in advance. The school has the authority not to authorise a request for a student to miss school for any reason.
Watford Grammar School for Girls sets high standards of attendance. Students must leave home early so as to arrive on time, thus avoiding any unexpected problems with buses and trains.
It is a good idea to be in school by 8.30am, the girls should be in their form rooms for registration. Morning registration takes place at 8.45am.
If girls arrive at school late (i.e. after 8.55am), they MUST report to the School Office to sign in before they go into class. Your daughter must bring in a letter to the school office the following day explaining her lateness. Failure to do so will result in an “unexplained/unauthorised” absent mark on her register. Repeated late arrival will result in a late detention.
It is your child’s responsibility to check the PE notice board concerning sports fixtures and to inform you of the date, venue and time for collection. You can also access sporting fixtures on the school sports fixture website.
Please only telephone to leave a message for your child in a real emergency. It is not possible for office staff to deliver non-urgent messages to students.
Please ask your daughter to come into the Office if she has forgotten anything that you subsequently bring into school. The Office cannot deliver items to individual children, but will look after them until they are collected.
Please avoid making dentists, opticians, doctors or hospital appointments during school hours if possible. Appointment cards/letters must be provided beforehand if the appointment is during school hours and parents must sign in/out at the school office. Please also make sure that your daughter is aware of the appointment (make a note/reminder in her planner if necessary). It is not possible for office staff to look for your daughter to remind her of her appointment.
Girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 MUST be collected by an adult. Please note that we do not permit any junior girl to leave the school premises alone and appointments will be missed if no one arrives at school to accompany her.
All girls are expected to wear correct school uniform. The school maintains a stock of very good quality second hand uniform at very reasonable prices, many items hardly used. Please contact Matron at the school office for further details.
If it is necessary for your daughter to have a phone, it must be turned off and kept in her locker. She must not use it in school. Staff will confiscate any mobile phone found in school and hand it to the Headmistress who will keep it for a week. Girls are not allowed to use their mobile phones in school for any reason whatsoever. If they are unwell, have any concerns or need to contact parents in an emergency, they must see Matron in the School Office and she will make the necessary arrangements. The school will not be held responsible for lost or damaged phones.
The ethos of Watford Grammar School for Girls favours principled action over hopeful ideas, an attitude which is summed up by the alternative motto: "I can do it and I will do it".
For this reason, our policies, particularly those which directly affect the pupils - Behaviour, Bullying, Child Protection - are written as accessible codes of conduct or as procedures to be followed in certain circumstances. The school believes that only when specific examples of bad behaviour occur should there be an automatic punishment. These specific misbehaviours include physical violence, smoking, involvement with drugs or alcohol, and misbehaviour on school trips. The automatic sanction will usually be a fixed term exclusion from school (or being barred from participation in school trips for a given period).
The School Code, which was drawn up twenty years ago after consultation with all members of the school community, is the basis of the school's Behaviour Policy. It specifies the expectations the school holds for the conduct of pupils and staff. It remains applicable.
The school's values include inculcating an understanding in the pupils of appropriate behaviour in any situation, whatever the degree of formality. We have a separate document entitled “The Standard of Expected Behaviour on Formal Occasions” which is read and explained to the girls, and displayed in Form Rooms, before the Founders' Day and Prize Giving ceremonies.
The 2013 variation and development of the School Code is intended to bring its expectations of behaviour to the renewed attention of the pupils in a form that is readily accessible to them.
The Behaviour Policy will be reviewed regularly.