Attendance + FAQs
Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their children attend school. Students need to be in school by 8.25am, and need to be in registration when it begins at 8.30am.
Good school attendance is important to enable young people to achieve and thrive in positive relationships within school. We should all be aiming for 100% attendance. Missing just 5% of school is equivalent to around two weeks absence over the school year.
If your child is unwell or unable to attend school for any reason we ask that parents telephone the academy before 8.30am. Should we not hear from you we shall contact you either by telephone or by text message during the first half day of absence. For parents not on the telephone a letter will be sent by first class post. We feel that such a system for checking on absence is in everyone’s interest.
Please be sure that any absence is followed up with a letter addressed to the Attendance Officer (Mrs S Hiskey).
The academy is no longer able to authorise holidays during term time.
Following recent government guidelines any unauthorised absence can lead to the issue of a penalty notice and fine or commencement of a Fast Track Attendance Management procedure.
Please ensure your child gets to school on time. Punctuality is very important and the habit of late arrival impacts significantly on achievement at school.
Penalty Notice Code of Conduct
Our assigned Educational Welfare Officer is Mr R Gilchrist.
Frequently Asked Questions
A GUIDE FOR PARENTS
When does my child need to be in School?
Your child should be at school by 8.25 or they can attend breakfast club at 8.00am,
What happens if my child is late?
Registers are taken in all lessons.
Students who are late to school are warned about their punctuality. Any student who arrives late (after 8.30am) will be given two negative points on GO. Parents will be informed of this via a text message from the main office. If a student is late on three or more occasions in one week, a letter will be sent home.
We value the support of parents with this approach as it is vital that students get into good habits in preparation for the future and to ensure that they are present when important messages are shared.
Lateness after the register closes
Registration closes at 8.50am, arrival after 8.50am is classed as unauthorised absence for that session.
If a student is persistently late then the Academy may have to refer for a Fixed Penalty Notice.
Does the Academy need letters explaining my child’s absence or will a phone call do?
If your child is absent we ask you to phone the Attendance Officer or visit reception in person and inform us of the reason for the absence by 8.30am. Messages can also be left on the absence line before 8.30am.
Whatever happens, we need a written explanation on your child’s return to school. If we do not receive an explanation, or if the explanation is unsatisfactory, we will not authorise the absence.
What reasons will the Academy accept for absences?
· Emergency dental/medical appointments
(Please make routine appointments after school or during the Holidays)
· Day of religious observance for the religion to which the family belong
· Family bereavement
Whether or not an absence is authorised is at the discretion of the Academy. In cases of recurring absences through illness you will be asked to produce a medical certificate.
What is unacceptable?
The Academy will not authorise absence for day trips, visiting relatives, shopping, birthdays, holidays or looking after family members etc. Similarly we cannot accept taking siblings to school as a reason for persistent lateness.
Will the Academy contact me if my child is absent?
First day absence calls will be made by the Attendance Officer to ascertain why your child is not at school if we have not heard from you by 9.00am. If we are concerned about aspects of your child’s attendance or punctuality we will contact you to discuss the best way forward.