Good attendance is important, if your attendance is above 96% you will know you are giving yourself the best chance at learning. Remember that attendance below 90% means that you lose half a school year during your whole time at secondary school.
Things to Remember:
- Always ask your parents/carers to phone the Academy on 0117 37 72713 to let us know if you are absent by 8.30am each day of absence for safeguarding reasons.
- Arrive at school on time. If you are late, sanctions may be imposed.
- Unauthorised absences may result in a penalty notice of £60 per parent, per child.
- As a result of new legislation since September 2013, the Academy is not permitted to grant leave of absence for holidays during term time, any unauthorised time off for a holiday will result in a penalty notice.
Sanctions for lateness will be imposed on a daily basis. After each late arrival an after school detention will be given. Further late arrivals will result in a meeting with the Attendance Officer. Late arrivals after the register has closed will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. Parents will be notified of any late arrivals by a text message.
After 4 unauthorised absence sessions within a 10 week period a penalty notice warning letter will be sent to parents/carers. 4 unauthorised absence sessions could be comprised of 2 full days or 4 half days, including lateness after the register has closed. If there are 4 further unauthorised absences within a 10 week period a penalty notice application will be made.
Parents of students with poor attendance can expect to be asked to attend a meeting in school to discuss the reasons and agree a strategy to make improvements.
If your child is sick please call the attendance line on 0117 37 72713 before 8:30am to advise; providing details of the type of illness. If your child is sick for more than one day you will need to call on each morning of the absence to advise.
If you do need to make a medical appointment for your child please try and arrange for before or after school.
Term Time Leave:
As per current regulations and DfE advice on school attendance (2013) we would like to advise you that the Principal will not grant any Leave of Absence in term time unless exceptional circumstances exist. By exceptional we mean rare, significant, unavoidable and short. By unavoidable, we mean an event that could not reasonably be arranged at another time.
Please click here for more information, and to download a Leave of Absence Request Form.
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