Attendance and Absence
Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from the education they are entitled to. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.
The government expects schools and local authorities to:
- Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence
- Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled
- Act early to address patterns of absence
The government also expects parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly and for all pupils to be punctual to their lessons
Arriving late to school
Children arriving late to school impacts upon their learning experience and the learning experience of other children. The Academy gates currently open at 8.45. All children are expected to be in class ready to start learning by 8.55am. Registers close at 9.00am. Arrival after this time will be recorded in the register as late. All parents and carers arriving late with their children after 8.55am will need to enter through the Academy office, the time and reason for being late must then be recorded on our Inventory system. If a child is frequently late, parents and carers will invited to a meeting with a member of the senior leadership team to discuss steps that can be taken to reduce lateness.
The pupil’s parent/carer must notify the school of the reason for the absence on each day of an unplanned absence by 8.55am or as soon as practically possible by calling the academy office.
A message can be left on the Academy absence answer line giving the following details:
- Name of child, class and full reason for absence.
Please be advised if you notify the academy by email the attendance office will contact you later in the day.
We believe that pupils can only take full advantage of their education if they attend school regularly and punctually.
The academy continually monitor children’s attendance in school, as there is a proven link between progress and attainment, and the number of days children attend school. Being absent for medical conditions are taken into careful consideration when monitoring individual children’s attendance records. We are also sensitive to particular family circumstances and any challenges that parents and carers may be faced with. We take our responsibility for ensuring that all children receive a high quality education very seriously and want to support families who may be finding it difficult to get their child to school regularly.
Attendance above 95% is regarded as ‘good’ and equals 10 or less days of absence over the academic year. Below 90% is ‘worrying attendance’. This means that at least 19 school days have been missed. This can impact on pupil well-being as well as progress and attainment. Children with 90% attendance or below fall within group that the government define as ‘persistently absent’.
In line with government expectations and our academy policy, parent and carers will be contacted where the academy has a concern regarding a child’s attendance, to both raise awareness and offer support. It should be noted that members of the senior leadership team are available to talk with anyone experiencing difficulties.
We put great importance on excellent attendance - and we know it makes a real difference to children's educational outcomes.
Our absence and attendance policy outlines what we expect and how we manage absences.