There is a clear link between good attendance and good attainment. Students who leave us with good GCSE grades have ALL been good attenders. This is the reason why we will always stress the need for your child to attend school. We understand that there are often illnesses that mean a child cannot attend school, this can’t be helped, but we ask that our parents make every effort to arrange appointments for before or after school, making sure that your child has maximum time in lessons.
Helping to create a pattern of regular attendance, and promote regular attendance, is the responsibility of all parents, pupils and members of school staff.
To help us all to focus on this, the school will:
- Give parents details on attendance in our regular Home-School Bulletin;
- Not authorise term time holidays unless in exceptional circumstances;
- Inform parents when a child is absent and the absence hasn’t been explained or when there is an attendance concern;
- Report to parents at least half termly on how your child is performing in school, what their attendance and punctuality rate is and how this relates to their attainments;
- Celebrate good attendance by displaying individual and class achievements;
- Reward good or improving attendance through class competitions, certificates and events;
- Run promotional events that parents, pupils and staff can work together on;
- Raise attendance levels across the school.
Ensuring a child’s regular attendance at school is the parent’s legal responsibility, and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
Your child may be at risk if they do not attend school regularly. Safeguarding the interests of each child is everyone’s responsibility and within the context of this school, promoting the welfare and life opportunities for your child encompasses:
- Behaviour Management
- Health and Safety
- Access to the Curriculum
Failing to attend this school on a regular basis will be considered as a safeguarding matter.