Skip to content ↓


Students need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education, as missing out on lessons leaves them at risk of falling behind. Excellent attendance is vital if we are to ensure they succeed in school and in their future lives, and is an integral part of our ethos of social inclusion.

To read our Attendance Guidelines and Procedures please click on the following link:


Student Absence Hotline

Telephone 01473 210123

Telephone line for parents or carers to notify school of student absence.

  • Ring before 8.45am on the day of any unplanned absence e.g. illness
  • Select option 2 for Attendance Officer for Years 7-11
  • Select option 1 for Sixth Form absence
  • When prompted, leave your name, your child's forename and surname, their year group, and the reason for absence
  • Call again before 8.45am each morning your child remains absent


Acceptable reasons for unplanned absences include:

  • Illness
  • Emergency dental/medical appointments (please make routine appointments after school or during the holidays)

An unforeseen absence requires a parent or carer to contact the school each day a student is absent to let us know the situation.

Acceptable reasons for the planned absence include:

  • Attending an interview for a job, school, university etc.
  • Attendance at a family funeral.

The above requires the completion of an Exceptional Leave of Absence Application Form before the event. The school will not authorise absence for day trips, visiting relatives, shopping, birthdays, looking after brothers or sisters, or family holidays.

Please download a copy below, and return to school.




Contact Us

Northgate High School
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123