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Attendance and non-attendance at school or university

absence

noun

a period of time when someone is not at work or at school when they should be

absenteeism

noun

the habit of not being at school or work when you should be, usually without a good reason

attend

verb

to go regularly to a place, for example to a school as a student or to a church as a member

attendance

noun

the number of people who are present at an event or in a place such as a school or church

attendance

noun

the fact of being present at an event or of going regularly to school, church etc

audit

verb

to regularly follow a college course without asking for or receiving credit for taking the course

board

verb

to live at school with other students during the part of the year that you go to lessons

break up

if schools break up, or if students or teachers break up, the students and teachers stop working at the end of term

bunk off

to not go to school or work when you do not have a good reason for staying away

day release

noun

a system by which workers go to college one day a week in order to take a course in a subject related to their work

drop out

to leave something such as an activity, school, or competition before you have finished what you intended to do

enrollment

the American spelling of enrolment

enrolment

noun

the process of enrolling at a school or other institution

entrance

noun

the right to join a group or organization, for example a university or a profession

entrant

noun

someone who joins a profession, university, or school

exclude

verb

to officially tell a child to leave a school because their behaviour is very bad

exclusion

noun

a situation in which a child is officially told to leave a school because their behaviour is very bad

expel

verb

to force a student to leave a school permanently

expulsion

noun

the permanent exclusion of a student from a school

flunk out

to have to leave a school because your work is not satisfactory

get in

to be accepted to study at a school or chosen to play for a team etc

get into

to be accepted to study at a school or chosen to play for a team etc

go back

when schools or students go back, classes begin again after a long holiday

go down

to leave a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, at the end of a term (=period of study) or a course of study

go up

to go to a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, at the beginning of a term (=period of study) or a course of study

graduate

verb

to complete your studies at a university or college, usually by getting a degree

graduate

verb

to finish your studies at a high school

here

adverb, interjection

used for saying that you are present in class when the teacher calls the names of all the students in the class

home time

noun

the end of the school day when the students go home

intake

noun

the number of people accepted by an institution such as a school, university, or company at one time

leave

verb

to stop working for an organization or going to school or college

matriculate

verb

to officially become a student at a university

non-attendance

noun

failure to go to a place, for example school, when you should be there

off

adjective, adverb, preposition

not at school or work, for example because you are not well or because it is not a normal working day

pass out

to officially complete a course at a military or a police college

quit

verb

to leave a job or school permanently

school-leaver

noun

someone who has just left school and is looking for a job

school refusal

noun

fear of going to school

be sent down

to be ordered to leave a university because you have behaved badly

sick note

noun

a note from a doctor or parent saying that you did not come to work or school because you were ill

skive

verb

to not be at work or school when you should be there

skive off

to avoid going to school or work when you should go

stay off

to not go to work or school because you are ill

suspend

verb

to officially stop someone from doing their job or from going to school for a limited time because they have done something wrong

suspension

noun

a punishment in which someone is removed from a team, job, or school for a short time

tardy

noun

an occasion when you are late for a class, or a record that a teacher keeps of this

time off

noun

time when you are not at work or at school

transfer

verb

to stop studying at one school or university and go to another

truancy

noun

the act or habit of staying away from school without permission

matriculation

noun

truant

adjective

cut class/school

to not go to a lesson/school when you should be there

get the boot

to be told to leave your job or your school

play hooky

to play truant

play truant

to stay away from school without permission

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

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