Full attendance is absolutely vital to students’ success in the Academy. We will always aim to ensure that students arrive on time and take as little time as possible off, for whatever reason.
We work closely with the Local Authority’s Education Welfare Service to ensure that poor attendance is challenged swiftly and effectively. Research shows that students with an attendance level below 92% have only a 25% chance of achieving success in their school careers; with attendance in excess of 96% increases this chance to 82%.
For this reason, amongst others, we no longer authorise holidays taken during term time. Parents may request authorisation, but it is very unlikely that this will be granted. We will also issue penalty notices should holidays be taken without prior authorisation, in line with national legal procedures. These start at £60 per parent per child for each holiday. We have the full support of the Local Authority in this stance, which we know to be right in terms of raising standards of achievement amongst students.
What should I do if my child is off sick?
You must call us on 01924 324890 as soon as possible to let us know that your child will not be in school. You need to call us every day that your child is off school.
If your child is off sick for more than a few days, or has had a number of separate days off sick, we may ask you to provide us with a doctor’s note. We have a Welfare Officer at school who can provide support with managing medical conditions and looking after your child’s medication. If you do not provide a doctor’s note your child’s absence may be marked as unauthorised.
If you do not call school when your child is absent we will attempt to contact you by phone and text. We may also visit your home. If we are unable to contact you and determine whether or not your child is safe at home we are obliged to call the police to report your child as missing.
What if my child has a medical or dental appointment?
Please let us know as soon as possible if your child is going to be absent for a medical or dental appointment. You can do this by sending the appointment letter in to school with your child so we can take a copy for our records. You can also write a note in their planner or ring their Head of Year. Please try as much as possible to book appointments outside of school time as medical appointments are counted as an absence from school.
Where possible, please allow your child to come to school in the morning prior to their appointment and return them to school afterwards.
What is good or poor attendance?
The government consider good attendance to be 95% or above. A student whose attendance is 90% or below is classed as persistently absent. This is classed as poor attendance.
There are 190 days in the school year. For your child to achieve good attendance they need to miss no more than 9.5 days in the whole year. If they miss 19 or more days in the school year they are classed as persistently absent.
The school day is divided into two sessions, the start of each session counts towards your child's overall attendance. These are am registration (8.40-9.00am) and period 6 (1.45pm).
What will happen if my child’s attendance is poor?
If your child’s attendance drops below 95% then we will offer you support to improve their attendance. This may include:
If your child’s attendance drops to 90% or below then it becomes necessary for us to contact Kirklees Local Authority to start the penalty notice and prosecution process. Penalty notices start at £60 per parent per child, but may increase to a maximum of £2,500. There is also a chance that a community order could be put in place (for you to carry out community service) and you may face a 3 month jail sentence.
We will do everything that we can to help you and your child to improve their attendance before contacting Kirklees Local Authority.
Will my child be rewarded for good attendance?
Children who achieve 100% attendance will receive a special badge. There will be prize draws every term for children with 100% and most improved attendance where they can win vouchers. At the end of the school year there will be an additional prize draw with the chance to win an ipad.
Children with good or improved attendance will be able to go on the end of year rewards trip. For students in Year 11 good attendance gains them ‘prom points’ so they are able to attend the school prom.
Can I take my child out of school for a holiday?
The Academy urges parents to avoid booking family holidays during term time. The law says that parents do not have the right to take their child on holiday during term time. We strongly disapprove of students being taken on holiday in term time as this can seriously affect their education.
If you intend to take your child on holiday during term time there is a form that can be collected from school or downloaded from our website. Please fill this in and return in to school as far in advance as possible.
If you take your child on a holiday which hasn’t been authorised by the Academy then you could incur a fixed penalty notice from Kirklees Local Authority. This is £60 for each parent of each child if paid within 28 days.
As part of our safeguarding responsibility we may ask to see booking documentation for your trip. This will not affect the decision to authorise or decline your request.
Can I take my child out of school for other things, such as special occasions or funerals?
Please notify us in advance if you wish to take your child out of school, even for part of a day. For safeguarding reasons we will not allow your child to leave school during the day without receiving prior notification from parents or carers.
Who should I speak to regarding my child’s attendance?
We have two staff at school who deal with attendance:
You can also speak to your child’s Head of Year:
Our Welfare Officer, Mrs A Griffiths, will be happy to speak to you regarding medical issues.
Should you wish to request authorisation under extenuating circumstances, a request form is available to download.
For more information please refer to the Academy Attendance Policy.
Our Attendance Policy can be viewed here.