Please view our Attendance Policy 2015
We believe that children cannot learn if they are absent from the academy. Therefore, we aim to ensure that all our children take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them and to raise standards by promoting regular attendance and punctuality of pupils.
Children are expected to attend the academy for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. There are two types of absence:
Authorised (where the academy approves pupil absence)
Unauthorised (where the academy will not approve absence)
If a child is absent unexpectedly, parents should call the academy on the morning of the first day of the absence stating a reason. Alternatively, a note should be sent in to the class teacher or school office explaining the absence. The school will then decide whether to authorise the absence. If authorisation were to be refused, for instance if a child was kept off school for a birthday, then the parents would be informed.
If contact, explaining the child's absence, fails to be made by parents or carers, then the academy would contact the parent by telephone on the initial day.
Extended Absences during Term Time
Regular school attendance is essential if a child is to maximise their educational opportunities. Interruptions in attendance not only disrupt a child's education, making it difficult for them to catch up on work they have missed, but it can also affect their social life within the school.
It is the academy's responsibility to provide the best education possible. We can only do this if children attend regularly.
Over the past few years there have been increasing requests for leave of absence in term time as parents believe that pupils are allowed 10 days leave of absence from a school in any one year.
The government's guidance states that under exceptional circumstances the Headteacher /Principal may consider giving permission for a child to be absent from school for a maximum of 10 school days in any one school year.
Any requests must be in writing on the Request for Leave of Absence in Term Time Form
All requests will be considered by the Attendance Officer/Principal
Any approval will be given in writing stating what has been approved
If approval is given and a child fails to return after the agreed date, this will result in the child being removed from the academy roll.
The academy door is opened at 8.50 am and all pupils are expected to be in the academy for registration before 9.00 am. Any child arriving later should enter the academy via the main entrance reporting to the office. If accompanied, a parent or carer should give a reason for the lateness, which will be added to the register. The child will then be sent to their classroom.
Pupils who are consistently late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of others. Where persistent lateness gives cause for concern further action may be taken.
What can parents do to help?
- Let the academy know as soon as possible why a child is away.
- Send a note when a child returns to the academy.
- Try to make appointments outside academy time.
- Do not allow a child to have time off school unless it is really necessary.
If a parent is worried about their child's attendance at the academy what can they do?
Talk to the child; it may be something simple.
Talk to the Principal and staff at the academy.
If it continues.
The academy may refer to the Education Welfare Service.
Parents may contact the Education Welfare Officer, who will work with them and the academy to resolve the situation (number available from the School Office).
If you would like any more information on Attendance or have a query please contact Mrs Kauser our Attendance Officer.