Our Priority for the next academic year is to 'improve rates of attendance for all students'. There has been a huge amount of local, national and international research into attendance and it clearly demonstrates that being absent from school in any year group, has significantly negative impact on student's educational experiences and GCSE results.
The key point I would like to re-iterate, is that the Academy attendance target for 2016-2017 is 95%. This is a minimum expectation of all students as it still equates to ten teaching days lost per year. As we place so much importance on good attendance, should any student fall below this target without a valid reason e.g. medical condition or an absence authorised by the Academy their eligibility to attend trip and other rewards will be removed. Students in Year 11 who have poor attendance may be prohibited from attending the end of year Prom. It is very important to note that next year, we have an greater range of rewards and incentives for good attendance than ever before, and I look forwards to issuing these on a weekly basis.
Please take time to read all the links on this page, they contain a great deal of useful information. If you have any quiries please do not hesitate to contact Alison Helliwell our Attendance Manager or any member of the Senior Leadership Team.
The attendance of students is one of the key drivers of success at the Academy. It is essential that home and Academy work closely together to support each other in providing the best possible chances for our children.
Stephen Dixon - Principal
Positive Attendance Rewards Leaflet
Improving Student Attendance Leaflet
Legal Measures to Improve School Attendance Leaflet
Leave of Absence During Term Time Leaflet
As a school we aim to:
• Maintain an attendance rate of a minimum of 95%
• Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance.
Good attendance is important because:
• Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance;
• Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically;
• Regular attenders find school routines and school work easier to cope with;
• Regular attenders find learning more satisfying;
• Regular attenders settle into High school more easily.
As a parent you can help us by:
• Ringing on the first morning of all absences with the reason and saying when the child will return;
• Arranging dental and doctor’s appointments out of school hours or during school breaks;
• Sending in a note explaining the reason for absence on your child’s return to school after an illness;
• Keeping us updated by telephone if your child has an extended period of absence due to illness;
• Letting us know if there are issues arising in school that you think are affecting your child’s attendance.
Some absences are allowed by law and are known as “authorised absences”. We realise that there are rare occasions when there might be a particular problem that causes your child to be absent, for example if a child is ill, or a family bereavement. Please let us know and we shall try to deal with it sympathetically. Absences for purposes of religious observance are allowable but we would ask that time-off is confined to the day of celebration.
There are times when children are absent for reasons, which are not permitted by law or acceptable to the school. These are known as “unauthorised absences”. It is only the school that can authorise absence and does not necessarily have to accept parental explanations for absence. If illness is a frequent reason given for absence then the school will require evidence other than a parent’s word to allow authorisation. The onus of proof lies with the parent. Evidence such as a doctor’s note, or sight of the prescription and/or medication, may suffice.
Morning registration begins at 8.20 am this is the time your child must be at registration. Late arrivals are disruptive to the whole class and often embarrassing for your child. If your child misses this short but vital session, their work and attitude for the whole day may be affected. It is important to be on time as the first few minutes of the school day are often used to give out instructions or organise schoolwork for the rest of the day. We will let you know if we have concerns about your child’s punctuality. Late detentions are held daily at lunch times and after school.