Attendance

Sometimes a child may be reluctant to attend school.  Any problems with attendance are best sorted between the school, parents/carers and the child.  It is never a good idea to cover up their absence to excuse them from attending, this usually makes things worse.  All school staff are fully committed to working with parents/carers and pupils to ensure as high a level of attendance as possible so it is important that, as soon as you realise there may be a problem, you contact reception.

Staindrop Attendance Policy


OUR SCHOOL DAY

8.45 a.m Registration
9.00 a.m Lesson 1
10.00 a.m Lesson 2
11.00 am Break
11.15 a.m Lesson 3
12.15 p.m Lunch and lesson 4 *
1.50 p.m Lesson 5
2.50 p.m End of school day

* lunch time for years 7, 8 and 9 is 12:15-12:50, with period 4 12:50-13:50

* period 4 for years 10 and 11 is 12:15 – 13:15, with lunch from 13:15 – 13:50

 

Attendance

Attendance is taken very seriously at Staindrop Academy and we aim for an environment which enables and encourages all pupils to achieve their potential.  For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education, it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason is unavoidable.

Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their child arrives at the school punctually.  Registration begins at 8.45 am, any pupil arriving after 9.00 am should sign in at the Pastoral Office.  The school will contact you if we have concerns about punctuality and ask that you support our detention procedures for persistent lateness.

Why is regular attendance important?

Any absence, even one day, affects the pattern of your child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning.  Any pupil’s absence disrupts teaching routines and so may also affect the learning of others in the same class.

Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility and allowing absence from school without good reason, creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.  We fully support the Local Authority policy on fixed penalties for absence and will refer persistent non-attenders to the Attendance Improvement Team for legal proceedings.

Reluctant to attend?

Please find the leave of absence form here:

Leave of Abscence Form

Sometimes a child may be reluctant to attend school.  Any problems with attendance are best sorted between the school, parents/carers and the child.  It is never a good idea to cover up their absence to excuse them from attending, this usually makes things worse.  All school staff are fully committed to working with parents/carers and pupils to ensure as high a level of attendance as possible so it is important that, as soon as you realise there may be a problem, you contact our Attendance Officer, Mrs Jackson in order that steps can be taken to resolve any issues.

 

Reporting an Absence

If your child is unable to attend school you must:

  • Contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence, preferably before 8.45am. Please make sure you state your child’s name, form group and the reason for absence. Please speak clearly and spell any unusual names. Phone the school on 01833 660285 and select option 1
  • Send a note in on the first day they return with an explanation of the absence – you must do this even if you have already telephoned us
  •      Or, you can call into school and report to reception, who will arrange for a member of staff to speak with you.

If your child is absent we will:

  • Telephone you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you
  • Invite you in to discuss the situation with our Attendance Officer and Pastoral Manager if absences persist

 

Good attendance

  • excellent attendance – attendance above 98%, less than 4 days absence in the academic year
  • good attendance – attendance above 96%, less than 8 days absence in the academic year
  • below average/low attendance – attendance below 90%, 20 days absence in the academic year. These students have missed 4 weeks of school, with research showing that this can equate to lower GCSE results by one full grade
  • exceptionally low attendance – 85% or below, 30 days or more of absence in the academic year, equating to six weeks of school missed. These students will find it hard to keep up with the work, and may result in a drop of more than one grade at GCSE
  • persistent absentee – these students have attendance of 90% or below, the educational welfare service and attendance improvement team will be notified and steps will be taken to help improve attendance

This letter was sent out to all parents in February 2016 regarding persistent absenteeism Attendance letter (Feb 2016)

This letter was sent out to all parents in June 2016 regarding attendance  Attendance letter (June 2016)

This leaflet contains essential attendance information  Leave of Absence Form (June 2016)

Reasons for absence

Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school (not by the parents), as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED. This is why information about the cause of any absence is always required, preferably in writing.

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason and that are permitted under government guidelines like illness, medical/dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable cause. Medical and dental appointments, where possible, should be made for after school or during school holidays. The school understands that this isn’t always possible, however, students should attend school prior to or following a medical/dental appointment and avoid a full day’s absence.

Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no “leave” has been given. This type of absence can lead to the School and the Educational Welfare Service using sanctions and/or legal proceedings.   This includes:

  •  Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily
  •  Truancy before or during the school day
  • Absences which have never been properly explained
  • Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark
  • Shopping, looking after other children or birthdays
  • Day trips and holidays in term time which have not been agreed

Regulations for taking holidays in term time (Introduced September 2013)

The Department for Education have recently made amendments to the regulations around holidays in term time.

Previously, headteachers have been allowed to grant leave of absence during term time of up to 10 school days if the leave of absence application met the criteria set out by the Department for Education.

From 1st September 2013 this is no longer the case. Schools may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Taking family holidays are not considered to be exceptional circumstances.

Absence during term time means that students miss out on valuable learning time. Any request for leave during exam periods will not be authorised as this is the most important time in a child’s education.

If you take your child out of school without the school’s permission this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence which affects your child’s attendance figure for the whole year and may result in each parent being issued a fixed penatly fine for each child taken out of school.

 

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