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Attendance

The link between absence and attainment

Every school day counts

There are 190 statutory school days in one year.
There are 175 days (week ends and school holidays) available to use for appointments and holidays.
There is a very clear link between attendance and attainment. The simple fact is that children who attend more, perform better in school and leave with more than 5 A*-C GCSE grades Including English and Maths.

This page outlines the school’s procedures and parental responsibilities in promoting excellent attendance.

What the government says

Extract taken from the 2012 Department for Education report Improving attendance at school:

'The evidence shows that children with poor attendance are unlikely to succeed academically and they are more likely not to be in education, employment or training when they leave school.
There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement. Of pupils who miss more than 50 per cent of school only three per cent manage to achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including Maths and English. 73 per cent of pupils who have over 95 per cent attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.'

Academy expectations and procedures

  • Students should arrive to school between 8.25am and 8.35am.
  • Registration takes place at 8.45am and at 1.20pm.
  • Students arriving after registration will be marked ‘Late’.
  • A register is taken every lesson. Students arriving more than 5 minutes late will be issued with a Late Slip detailing the number of minutes late. Pupils will be expected to return to their Year Group Detention Room at the end of every day to make up the number of minutes late throughout the day.
  • Students arriving after 10.00am will be marked ‘Absent’.
  • Students who have medical appointments during school time will be marked with ‘Authorised Absence’.
  • Parent/Carers will be notified of their child’s absence though our text messaging service, phone call and a letter home on a daily basis. 

Parent/carer responsibilities

  • Ensure your child arrives at school between 8.25am and 8.35am for the start of lessons at 8.40am
  • Ensure that your child arrives on time for registration and lessons throughout the day. 
  • Arrange non-emergency medical appointments after school or during School holidays.
  • Ensure your child understands the importance of excellent attendance and attends EVERY DAY. 
  • Ring school if your child is going to be absent (illness, emergency appointment, bereavement or other circumstances) This will allow us to change the register and avoid you receiving calls/letters.
  • Provide a letter for your child’s Form Tutor on return to school explaining the absence even if telephoned School. 
  • Avoid planning holidays during term time as this leads to a gap in learning and lower chances of success in the education system for your child. You may also be issued with a penalty notice. 

Truancy

Truancy is when a child does not attend school for all or part of the school day without permission and without good reason.
Parents should not ignore or agree with or condone the child’s truancy. If you or your child have any concerns or your child appears to be unhappy at school, please contact school and speak to your child’s parent partner or form tutor.