Please report all absences as soon as possible using the details below.
Tel: 01323 514919
Regular school attendance - why it's so important
Going to school regularly is important to your child’s future. For example, children who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams.
Good attendance shows potential employers that your child is reliable. Research suggests that children who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime.
Absence During Term Time
The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of education during term time. The Department for Education, however, does allow the Principal the discretion to consider authorising a student’s leave of absence in term time but only in “exceptional circumstances”. If you consider that your request falls into this category you will need to complete the form on the reverse of this notification. A response will be sent to you as soon as possible. If the withdrawal is not considered to be an exceptional circumstance, and you nevertheless take your child out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised in line with current guidance.
Unauthorised absence can result in legal intervention being taken against a parent for the irregular attendance or punctuality of their child to school. Legal intervention that may be considered includes; issue of a fixed penalty notice or consideration may be given to a prosecution in a Magistrates Court under the Education Act 1996.
A penalty notice is a fine of £60 which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 21 days. Thereafter, if the penalty remains unpaid this may result in legal action. Please note that such a penalty is issued to each parent for each child taken out of school. A conviction of an offence under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 may result in a fine of £1000. If the matter is considered to be more serious, then proceedings can be taken under Section 444(1A) and fines can be up to £2,500 or a prison sentence imposed.
All holiday requests must be directed to our Attendance Assistant, Miss Killey, who will send you a form to complete. Letters will not be accepted. The form should be returned to the Academy at least 14 days before the start of the absence.
In considering the decision whether to authorise the following will be taken into account:-
- Reason given for your child’s withdrawal from school.
- The time of the year/term.
- Whether your child will miss test/examinations or preparation for these.
I hope you will support our efforts to raise attendance and attainment at our Academy.
Whole Academy Attendance!
If your child is in school then he/she will have the best opportunity to learn and engage with us, their teachers and the Academy. We want nothing more than your child leaving the Academy with the right qualifications, having worked really hard, and going on to their next step in life and this starts from Year 7.
As a parent, you can support your child by following some of the suggestions below. Regular and consistent attendance is proved to impact on the achievement of every child. If your child has an attendance of between 100% - 98% then they could easily meet their targets and even smash them! They will leave the Academy with good qualifications and that will open doors for them and give them choices. Once your child’s attendance starts to drop below 98% then they can start dropping grades, missing their targets by at least one whole grade. That can result in them not being able to choose which course they want to take at College, or at which level they start a job.
We want your child to leave having achieved their very best through hard work and determination and that starts with attending as much as possible.
Here are some suggestions to support your child. Try one and see if it works!
- Always be in school at least 10 mins before the day starts. This will mean your child will never late! The start of a lesson is extremely important for making sure every student knows what is being studied for that lesson and why
- Try to get your child to pack their bag for school the day before to avoid a panic in the morning
- Book any appointments, such as medical and dental appointments, when possible, outside school hours. If they are in KS3 take advantage of finishing school early; if they are in KS4 take advantage of the late start
- Communicate with the Academy – if your child is finding it hard to come to school, talk to us about it so we can all work together to get them back in
- Ask them when they get home what they did at school that day that they really enjoyed. Talk positively about school and why school is important when they are at home