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Information for Parents & Guardians

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At BUILD School of construction, we prioritise keeping families informed about students' progress at appropriate stages throughout the academic year. Our reports are informative and provide a valuable insight into your child's educational journey.

BUILD School of construction is a mixed Alternative Provision for students aged 14 - 25. The PAN (Planned Admission Number) for the year intake for September 2024 is 64.


Admissions for September 2024

Admissions to Build School of construction are overseen by the Head of construction. We only accept applications from parents who are fee paying. In most cases applications are made to us from the Local Authority or from Schools.

Attendance and absence

At BUILD School of construction, we believe that students are only able to achieve their potential if they attend school punctually and avoid missing lessons.  We therefore expect students to achieve 100% attendance and punctuality. Individual student records prove that this is achievable.


How do I report my child as Absent?

We expect all families to:

  • Encourage regular attendance and be aware of their legal responsibilities.

  • Ensure that your child arrives punctually and prepared for the day.


If your child is absent for any reason, please contact us using one of the following methods:


Safeguarding is part of our everyday work, and we are fully committed to a practice which promotes partnership working to ensure the safety of our students at all times. Our Safeguarding Leads are Martin Abraham, Marcia Wootton and Karen Petch. We can be contacted at any time on 01895 541 222.

Read our Safeguarding Policy


What is Good Attendance?

Attendance percentage needs to be in the high nineties before it can be considered good. We grade attendance as follows:  An attendance target of 95% for all students, and we consider attendance between 95% and 100% as regular school attendance.

Lateness to School

Any student arriving after 9:30am will receive a late mark and be required to stay for an additional 30 minutes to catch up on work they have missed. If the lateness is due to a legitimate reason e.g. a medical appointment, the absence can be authorised. The morning registers close at 9:45am, so any student arriving after this time without an authorised reason will not receive their full mark which will affect their attendance percentage.  All parents will be contacted if their child is late or absent.

Medical Appointments

Families should avoid scheduling medical appointments for children during the school day. 

Encouraging Good Attendance

  • Regular attendance information sent to families to assist them in monitoring their child’s attendance.

  • Regular promotion of good attendance in toolbox talks at the start of each day.

  • Automatic contact with families when students are absent or late.

  • Support for students and parents/carers where attendance difficulties are emerging.


The Schools Responsibilities

Authorising Absence

Only the head of centre or delegate can authorise absences. Government guidelines are specific in what we can and cannot authorise.  Please contact Miss K Petch if you need to seek further clarification. 



All students are expected to arrive punctually for school in the morning and to arrive punctually for each lesson.  A register is taken at the start of the day after lunch. 

  • We place a strong emphasis on good punctuality and support this by:

  • Giving sanctions to students who arrive late.

  • Informing parents if their child is absent from school.

  • Addressing issues of poor time keeping with individual students and their families.


Parents evenings

All parents’ evenings are held on Thursdays and take place either in the school or online. The head of centre will write to you with further details on how to book appointments in the weeks prior to the evening.


Term Dates & Timings


  • Autumn Term

    • First day of term
      5th Sep 2023

    • Half Term
      23rd Oct 2023 - 3rd Nov 2023

    • Last day of term
      20th Oct 2023

    • Winter holidays
      18th Dec 2023 - 1st Jan 2024

  • Spring Term

    • First day of term
      2nd Jan 2024

    • Half Term
      12th Feb 2024 - 16th Feb 2024

    • Last day of term
      28th Mar 2024

    • Easter/Spring holidays
      29th Mar 2024 - 17th Apr 2024

  • Summer Term

    • First day of term
      17th Apr 2024

    • Half Term
      24th May 2024 – 4th June 2024

    • Last day of term
      19th Jul 2024

  • Further Information

    • Bank Holiday on 6 May 2024 - Students return to school on 4th June 2024 after summer half term.

    • Inset day 1st July 2024

    • Parents evening 18th July 2024

    • Awards Event 19th July 2024

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