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Attendance

NOTE TO PARENT/CARER:

Please contact the school on the first morning of any student absence.  Use the absence line 01503 265334 or 01503 262625 option 2 and leave a message.

Please send in a note to student services explaining the absence if your child is absent for more than one day, unless you have contacted the school on every day of their absence.  If you sign the planner your child will need to show it to the Attendance Officer in Student Services.

If you have any concerns regarding attendance or punctuality, please contact the Attendance Officer on the above number.  We work very closely with the area Education Welfare Officer who liaises closely with school and home.

 

One of the most obvious factors affecting the success of a student at school is his/her attendance.  To put it simply - if you are not in school, you are not learning the skills, facts and concepts which you need in order to achieve success.  Evidence clearly shows that the students who reach or go beyond their potential are those who have very high attendance rates.

Regular absences from school will cause you a number of problems.  For example:

  • You will be denied access to the continuity of learning which is so vital if you are to make good progress.
  • You will have a great deal of catching up to do when you return; this puts you under even more stress and often leads students to produce very poor work or even to simply give up.
  • In many subjects (e.g. Drama, in which work is based on group co-operation), your absence may have a real affect on the progress of other students, who may well bear resentment against you as a result.
  • Your friends may well get tired of your regular absences and decide to ‘team up’ with other students, making it difficult for you to re-establish your friendships when you return.
  • Of course, some absence is unavoidable - we all get ill from time to time!  However, it makes sense to keep your absences to the absolute minimum.
  • Appointments to visit the doctor or dentist should be made before or after school whenever possible, or during the holidays.
  • Students will be disadvantaged if they accompany parents/carers on annual holidays in term time.  These are discouraged and will only be authorised in the most exceptional circumstances in Years 7, 8 and 9 and not at all in Years 10 and 11.  Permission needs to be sought in advance from the Headteacher via the holiday form.  Holidays taken without authorisation will be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer.
  • In this planner, there is a Personal Attendance Record that will enable you to monitor your own attendance.
  • Under normal circumstances, we would expect a student to achieve an attendance rate of 97% or more.  Without doubt, problems will begin to arise if attendance falls below 93%.
  • Students who are late for registration will get a detention at break time and/or lunchtime on the same day. Persistent lateness for lessons will mean loss of break and/or lunchtimes.  Students have an obligation to let Student Services know they have arrived late for tutor registration.  Truancy is taken very seriously and students will have to make up time missed in their own leisure time or after school detention.