Attendance

SAFE, HAPPY, SUCCESSFUL

Attendance

If your child is absent please contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence on 01724 732777.  If we do not hear from you and your child is not in school, then we will call you.  This system is for your child’s safety and your peace of mind.

Students who arrive to school late (after 8.50 a.m.) must sign in at the School Reception and will receive a late mark on their attendance record.

The law says:
  • they may be absent without your knowledge
  • they may be at risk
  • they are missing out on their education
  • you may be issued with a Penalty Notice (the penalty is £60 or £120)
  • or you may be prosecuted by the local authority in the Magistrates’ Court

Please note that a Penalty Notice will be issued to each parent/carer individually and for each child.  If it is proved that you knew of your child’s non attendance and failed without reasonable justification to ensure regular attendance a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a term of imprisonment may be imposed by the court.

The court also has the power to direct a Parenting Order requiring you to attend at counselling and guidance sessions.  It can also specify other appropriate action by you as directed by the named Education Welfare Officer on behalf of the Academy.

 

You can help your child by:

  • working together with your child’s school
  • letting the school know on the first day of any absence
  • not taking your child out of school for holidays in term time/visits/shopping trips
  • taking a positive interest in your child’s work
  • listening to your child
  • ensuring your child is ready for the school day
  • checking your child’s attendance with the school if it is a concern
  • making appointments outside of school hours

Attending school regularly

 

Students with good attendance:

  • achieve better
  • feel happier and gain confidence 
  • find it easier to make and keep friends
  • have better prospects of employment and training
  • are less likely to be at risk of harm or be involved in criminal offending

RED: Below 90% – this is a huge concern and means that over 19 days of learning have been lost over the course of the year.

YELLOW:  Over 95% – things can get better.  This equates to 10 days of learning missed per year.

GREEN:  97% or above – this is what we are aiming for and means that students are attending at least 185 out of 190 days of learning.  97% attendance is also the expectation if students are wishing to attend extra-curricular excursions.

Awards are given to those students achieving 100% across all five years within the Academy.  We also focus on those above 95% and those with the most improved attendance also receiving awards.

Being in school at least 97% of the time = 185-190 days a year.

There are 175 days for holidays, shopping, birthday celebrations and non-urgent appointments.

190 days in school

5 days absent

10 days absence

15 days absence

19 days of absence

185 days of school

180 days of school

175 days of school

171 days of school

100% attendance

97% attendance

95% attendance

92% attendance

90% attendance

The best chance of success

Worrying.

Serious concern of not making progress or achieving.

We can help

If you are concerned about your child’s school attendance it is always best to talk to us first.  The Academy has a dedicated Attendance Officer, Miss Reid who you can speak to on 01724 732777.

If you feel unable to do this or would like further help please contact the North Lincolnshire service on 01724 297502.  They are open during school holidays.

 

Holidays

 
In September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration – England) Regulations were amended to prohibit the Headteacher of a school granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.  If the Headteacher grants a leave request it will be for them to determine the length of time that a child can be away from school.

Leave of absence during term time interrupts continuity of teaching and learning and can disrupt the educational progress of individual children, creating disruption in schools.  Promoting regular school attendance is a key component in the Government’s strategy to raise educational standards.  In order for children to reach their full potential and access the learning opportunities available to them, children must attend school regularly.

As a parent or carer you are required by law to ensure that your child attends school regularly.

Leave of absence during term time is not an entitlement and will not be granted for the sole purpose of a family holiday.  Permission may only be granted by the Headteacher of the school if the application was made in advance (retrospective consent will not be given) and there are exceptional circumstances relating to the request.  The parent with whom the child normally resides must provide evidence relating to the exceptional circumstances and include this when completing the leave of absence request form.  Each request will be considered on the exceptional circumstances detailed on the application form.

Any absences taken without the Headteacher’s permission will be recorded as unauthorised in the school register and may result in a Penalty Notice or other legal intervention by the Education Inclusion Service.

Please see below an application form for student leave of absence and a copy of the attendance letter.