Attendance and Punctuality

All students are requested to be punctual as lateness disrupts other students and the teacher. Therefore, students who arrive more than 15 minutes late for class will be marked absent for that part of the class. In addition, students are not permitted to leave the class early.

Should a student leave the classroom more than 15 minutes before the end of the class, they will lose attendance for the entire portion of the class. The college monitors attendance for both EU/EEA students and non-EU/EEA students using a hard copy signed by the class teacher.

Additional rules apply to non-EU/EEA students enrolled in a 25-week course (Academic Year students):

If an Academic Year student has more than a total of 15 minutes of absence during a week, they will lose one period of attendance.

If a student arrives more than 15 minutes late for class, in the interest of learning, students may be permitted to attend the lesson, but Academic Year students will be marked absent in conjunction with the guidelines issued by ISD (Immigration Service Delivery).

Students who are persistently late in arriving at the school are requested to attend a meeting with the Director of Studies. If required, this may then lead to formal verbal and/or written warnings culminating in register removal and, finally, expulsion in a manner outlined in the school’s Absenteeism and Expulsion Policy.

The Central School of English is compelled to comply with ISD (Immigration Service Delivery) rules and guidelines in relation to students who require immigration permission to study in Ireland. These rules are set out by the Irish Government and require that non-EU/EEA students who have been granted a long-term study visa attend a full-time course comprising 15 hours of daytime supervised study per week.

Class attendance is taken at 9 am and 11:00 am for morning classes and at 1:45 pm and 3:30 pm in the afternoon to ensure full attendance. Students are made fully aware of this during induction, as well as being reminded on a regular basis. Further to this, teachers record the departure times of students who leave the class before it finishes. Attendance is recorded on an attendance sheet, the details of which are recorded on a weekly basis on the school’s database.

Each week,  a report on students whose attendance has fallen/is falling to an unsatisfactory level is given by the School Manager (Nikola Byrtusova) to the Director of Studies (Mark Ledsome), who is responsible for beginning the process of issuing warnings to students involved as outlined in the school’s Absenteeism and Expulsions Policy

Non-EU/EEA students enrolled on a 25-week course (Academic Year students) must maintain an attendance level of no lower than 85%. If a student wishes to transfer from another institution they must furnish the school with a letter stating that they have attended 85% or more during their previous course. It is the goal of the Central School of English to ensure that all students finish with full attendance on all courses offered by the school.

In the event that school rules on attendance are not upheld the procedure for disciplinary action must formally proceed according to the manner outlined in the school’s Absenteeism and Expulsions Policy.

There are, of course, legitimate reasons for a non-attendance, and these too are outlined in that policy.


Policy Owner: The person responsible for ensuring actions required by this policy are taken is: Mark Ledsome (Director of Studies) email: [email protected]