We Are Aiming High - Every Lesson Matters


The Attendance Team

Mrs Dawn Ripley
Attendance Officer
Mrs Gill Payne
Education Welfare Officer

Attendance Line - 0114 2322332 - Press 1

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For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and that they are in school and on time every day the school is open. We will do all we can to ensure that our students achieve the maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent full attendance are identified and acted upon promptly.  This is why we do not authorise any planned absence from school.

Please click here to view our Attendance Policy

 

The Student Profile gives students and parents direct access to their information on the school's management system, including Live Attendance data, to check if you child has arrived at school, and whether they are attending lessons.

Please click here to view our present Attendance Codes

 

If Your Child is Absent You Must...

If your child is absent you must contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence via one of the following methods:

  • Calling the Attendance Line 0114 2322338 press 1
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  • Send a note into school, on the first day that your child returns to school, with an explanation of the absence - you must do this even if you have already telephoned us (notes must be handed to your child's tutor during Tutor Time);
  • or you can call into school and report to reception, who will arrange for a member of the attendance team to speak with you;
  • Medical evidence must be provided, please ensure we have one of the following: appointment card, appointment letter, prescription and/or labeled medicine bottle/packet.

If Your Child is Absent We Will...

  • Telephone you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you;
  • Send a member of our Attendance Team, Safeguarding Manager, or year Manager to complete a home visit to your address;
  • Invite you into school to discuss the situation with a member of our Attendance Team, Year Manager or Assistant Head teacher;
  • Refer the matter to the Attendance and Inclusion Service within the Authority (if attendance falls below 85%);

The Attendance Team will hold weekly meetings with:

  1. The Year Manager to discuss/action plans for all students whose attendance is below 95%;
  2. The Year Manager, Safeguarding Manager, Student Support Leader and a representative from the Attendance and Inclusion Service to discuss/action plans for all students whose attendance is below 85%.
  3. Persistent Absence may also lead to a meeting with the board of governors at the School Attendance Panel.

June 2015 - Changes to Persistent Absence Levels in School
 

Why Regular Attendance is so important: Learning and Achievement - there is a clear link between high attendance and high achievement.

Of students who miss more than 50% of school, only 3% manage to achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

Of students who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% manage to achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

Of students who miss less than 5% of school, 73% achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

 

Holidays

THE SCHOOL WILL NOT AUTHORISE A CHILD TO TAKE HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME. Parents do not have the legal right to take children out of school for holidays.

  • It is not true that you are entitled  to 10 days extra holiday each year;
  • It is not true that students can ‘catch up’. Research shows that by missing lessons, students fall behind, and lessons are NOT repeated at a later date;
  • Any holidays are expected to be taken as part of the 176 days available outside term time.

Schools are quite within their rights to say that holidays in school time are not allowed. Parents who take their children out of school during the school term without the Headteacher’s authorisation or beyond an agreed date risk being issued with a Penalty Fine, Community Service or being prosecuted.

In addition:

  • You risk losing your child’s place at school;
  • You risk your child’s future through lost learning and lower achievement;
  • You risk your child feeling left behind and left out.

The Law Relating to Attendance

Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states that ‘the parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive efficient full time education suitable:-

  1. to age, ability and aptitude and
  2. to any special educational needs he/she may have either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.’

Lateness

Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of the day they can miss work and vital information and news for the day. Late arrival students also disrupt lessons, can be embarrassing for the child and can also encourage absence.

How we manage lateness:

  • The school day starts at 8.30am everyday and we expect your child to be in tutorial at that time.
  • Registers are marked at 8.30am and your child will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time.  If you child arrives into school 30 minutes after close of register, absence will remain unauthorised and your child will receive a ‘u’ code, which will impact on your child’s school attendance.
  • If you child arrives after 8.30am they must sign in with the Year Manager or Attendance Officer.  Your child will then be escorted to the Isolation Room for the remainder of the lesson.  This is to avoid disruption to learning already taking place.

If your child is persistently late you will be asked to meet with your child's Year Manager and Assistant Head teacher to resolve the problem. You can however also approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your child to school on time.

Attendance Rewards

For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and that they are in school and on time every day the school is open.

To reward students who have good attendance and punctuality during the academic year we regularly record attendance stamps, hand out certificates and prizes at Celebration Assembly, on the spot prizes, Cinema events and a host attendance events and trips.