Attendance and Punctuality
There is a strong link between excellent attendance and high achievement. There are processes in place to monitor and intervene if your child’s attendance falls below expected levels. Support is available from our Attendance Officer so that we can work together to rectify any issues.
In the event of a student’s absence, parents/carers should inform the school office by telephone on a daily basis. This should be followed by a note of explanation which can be in the student’s diary, when they return to school. If a long absence seems likely we may be able to arrange for home study.
It is vital that students get to school on time every day so that they can participate fully in tutor time activities and are given necessary information. Students should be on the school site by 8.40a.m. and 1.10 p.m for the afternoon session if they are allowed out of campus at lunchtime. They must be in tutor groups by 8.45a.m. in the morning and 1.15p.m. in the afternoon. Students arriving after these times are late and immediate sanctions of a break time detention either for the same day or following day is issued.
If your child is late several times over the course of the year you will be notified and possibly asked to come into school to discuss this. Again, our Attendance Officer can support your child with any difficulties they have which is affecting their punctuality.
Analysis of the educational achievements of students who take holidays during school time suggests that their exam results suffer. The vast majority of parents or carers do not take their children out of school during term time but there have been rare occasions when we are asked to accommodate requests for them to do so. However, the law does not allow parents to take their children out of school for the purpose of a family holiday. The school cannot grant any leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Legislation which will take effect from September 2013 states that the school will no longer be able to authorise any term time absence for the purpose of a family holiday. Any such absence would be marked on the register as unauthorised; such absences are monitored by the Education Welfare Service who may issue Fixed Penalty Notices.