Our Attendance Policy is available to download at the bottom of this page.
Why is attendance so important?
- Every time a student is absent from school they miss out on vital learning.
- National statistics clearly show that those students who do not attend school regularly make significantly less progress than their peers.
- It is a legal requirement that all students attend school.
- Records of attendance and punctuality are of vital importance for reference for college courses and future jobs.
- Being on time for school is a good habit for future work.
How do we encourage good attendance?
- We have a dedicated Attendance Team within the school who monitor attendance and work with students and families to support their attendance where necessary.
- Detailed records of attendance and punctuality are included in each student’s termly report and on review days.
- Students record daily attendance and punctuality in their planners.
- Students and tutor groups receive rewards for good or improved attendance.
- We monitor attendance closely, and will inform parents / carers if we feel there is a problem.
- We send letters home as reminders if no reasons for absences are given.
Family holidays during term time
Children of compulsory school age must, by law, attend school regularly. Regular attendance is important, not just because the law requires it but because it is the best way of ensuring that a child makes the most of the educational opportunities which are available to him or her. School can not authorise holidays during term time. There may be occasions when a child has to miss school , for example, if he or she is unwell. Any other absences should be kept to an absolute minimum.
A five minute countdown clock appears on all screens around the school before the beginning of each lesson. Students are dismissed from their lesson on the bell and have five minutes to get to their next lesson. Students arriving after the five minute count down are registered as late unless a note is provided by member of staff explaining their lateness. At the end of each day, reports are run to identify students who have been late to lessons. Those students are collected during tutor time the following day and taken to a break time detention. Students who are persistently late will escalate through our whole school sanctions.
If there are any problems or concerns which affect a child’s attendance at school, parents / carers should contact their child’s Form Tutor in the first instance. If this is not possible, contact the Year Director or a member of our Attendance Team.