Good attendance is a basic expectation and is categorised as follows:
|Attendance||Description||Approx days lost per year||Approx weeks lost per year|
|98-100%||Excellent||0-4||Less than 1|
|Below 90%||Persistent Absence May lead to a fixed Penalty Fine or Legal proceedings||More than 14||More than 3|
Attendance and Punctuality
If a student is absent from school we ask you to inform us by calling 01908 324400 as soon as possible on the day of absence. To encourage good attendance and to ensure the safety of children, we will automatically contact parents on the first day of any unexplained absence. We rely upon your help to achieve good attendance as we believe that it is essential in helping students to learn effectively. For this reason we ask you to note that we do not authorise family holidays during term time. We also expect excellent punctuality as students who arrive late to school or to their lessons disrupt learning for themselves and for others.
Morning registration begins at 8.50am. Students arriving after this time will be marked as present but arriving late (L). The register will close at 9.10am. Students arriving after the close of the register will be recorded as late after registration (U). This will not be authorised and will count as an absence for that school session. If a student has two or more late marks a week a late detention will be given out. Detentions for lateness are held on a Tuesday from 3pm- 3.45pm. Parents of students who are continuously late or receive 10 or more U marks in the register may be asked to attend a meeting with an attendance officer in school or may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
On arrival after the close of register, students must immediately report to Student Services to sign in to ensure that we can be responsible for their health and safety whilst they are in school.
Afternoon registration begins at 1.30pm. Students who arrive after this time will be marked late (L). Any student who arrives after 1.40pm will need to sign in at Student Services.
Absence will only be authorised if a satisfactory explanation for the late arrival can be provided, for example, evidence of attendance at a medical appointment.
The absence will be recorded as unauthorised if the student has arrived late without justifiable cause, for example, if they woke up late or were waiting for their uniform to dry. As a school, we know that lateness can severely affect achievement. We monitor punctuality closely and have strategies in place to address lateness such as detentions.
We reserve the right to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice or take legal action where poor attendance and/or punctuality becomes persistent and serious.
During term-time the proper place for students is in school. If not then:
- Parents are asked to telephone Student Services before 8.50am
- After 9.10am the electronic registers are checked. If students have not received an attendance mark they will be assumed to be absent
- By 11.00am Absence Call will be informed and parents will receive an automated message asking parents to either leave a message with Absence Call or telephone Student Services
- When a student returns to school s/he must complete the ‘Absence Slip’ in their planner and show it to their tutor
- If you are aware that your child needs to take time off (e.g. hospital appointment, etc.) please complete the ‘Absence Request Slip’ in your child’s planner and ask them to hand it to their Tutor
- If a parent wishes their child to go home for lunch we ask that they let us know in writing or they will not be able to leave the school site (see information under ‘Stantonbury Campus Boundary’)
Monitoring Punctuality and Attendance
Frequent lateness to school or lessons will result in a sanction/detention and communication with home by your Tutor, subject Teacher, Year team or an Attendance Officer.
Parents of students with irregular and/or persistent unauthorised attendance will be invited for a meeting in school with an Attendance Officer, a home visit may be arranged, a Fixed Penalty Notice can be sent and in some cases legal proceedings can be started which will lead to a court prosecution.
Family Holidays, Extended Trips during Term Time
The Department for Education recommends that no term-time holidays are granted and therefore as a rule requests for term-time leave will not be approved. Any absence where it is believed a holiday has been taken during term time will be marked as unauthorised in the register. The Campus reserves the right to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice for unauthorised absences from the Campus.
Leave of Absence
The Campus accepts that there may be times when a family will need to remove their child from school due to unforeseen or exceptional circumstances. Where an extended absence is unavoidable, parents must apply to the Head of Student Support for permission. There is, however, no legal obligation to grant permission and each request will be considered on merit. A copy of the Leave of Absence Request form is available here.
If your child has been ill we may ask you to provide medical evidence. If medical evidence is not provided then the illness or any subsequent illness will be marked as unauthorised.
Concerns About Attendance and/or Punctuality
If you have any concerns about your son or daughters attendance and/or punctuality please contact an Attendance Officer:
Chris Tyler- Senior Attendance Officer
Tel: 01908 324434
Rebecca Jennings– Attendance and Family Support Officer
Tel: 01908 324481