Excellent attendance is a vital component in the success of a student in Secondary school. Without excellent attendance your child loses the continuity in lessons, and in their social development.
Please be aware that attendance below 90% is classed as persistent absence (PA) as defined by the DFE and as such we will take action should attendance for a student drop below this figure, this will usually be a Fixed Penalty Notice issued by, and payable to the Local Authority. Medical evidence will be required to authorise any absence due to illness when a child’s attendance is at rish of becoming PA.
We do not authorise holidays in term time. If a student is taken out of school in term-time, either without requesting a leave of absence or when a leave of absence is denied, then the period will be unauthorised and this may incur a Fixed Penalty Notice. A form to request for leave of absence can be found here or a printed copy is available from the office.
If your child is genuinely to ill for school please phone and leave a message on the absence line indicating clearly the child’s name, tutor group and reason for absence (please be specific, rather than just ‘unwell’). Please be aware that medical evidence is required for all on going health issues, so that we are able to offer the right level of support.
There are a range of factors which can promote good attendance and punctuality including diet, routines and good communication so that any issues are identified. If your child is having any difficulties which may be detrimental to his/her attendance at school then please contact your child’s tutor.
Punctuality is also extremely important and even one minute late will result in a one hour detention so please support your child with their organisation so that he/she is on time for school.
Remember, good attendance gives your child the best chance of success