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Attendance

Attendance

KSA is a great place to be and all students should attend every day. Parents/carers have a legal duty to ensure that their child receives an education suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitude and any special needs. The only reasons for absence should be through illness or an exceptional circumstance -

  • Unavoidable medical or dental appointments; students should return to school after the appointment (evidence may be required). Where possible, appointments should be arranged after school
  • Days of religious observance
  • Exceptional family circumstances, such as bereavement
  • Interview with a prospective employer or college/Academy (evidence may be required).

If your child is having difficulties attending school, you should contact your child’s Progress Leader or Student Support Officer sooner rather than later, as most issues can be dealt with very quickly.

Reporting Absence

Parents or carers should contact the Academy on the first day of their child's absence before 8.30am. To report an absence telephone 01536 532700 selecting option 1, use the MyEd Application or text 07624812313.

If an explanation for an absence is not received, it will be recorded as unauthorized and a text message will be sent from the Academy or a telephone call will be made. A home visit may occur as a follow up action.
 

Parents/Carers Responsibilities

Make sure your child arrives at school on time by 8:35am as lessons start promptly at 8.45am.

If your child arrives after the register has closed, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence for that session unless evidence is supplied that the lateness was due to a medical appointment.

Persistent lateness is monitored and affects the overall attendance figure for each student. Consequences are the same for those students with low attendance.

Attendance Team

The Vice Principal with responsibility for Attendance and Behaviour is Mr Tony Segalini.

The Attendance Officer is Mrs Judy Hills

The Student Support Officers are Mrs Nicola Heighton (Year 10-11); Miss Kimberley Lynch (Year 8-9) and Miss Sophia Lawrence (Year 7).

The Brooke Weston Trust, Education Welfare Officer is Mrs Martine Boyd.

If your child’s attendance remains unsatisfactory and despite support from Academy staff, a referral will be made to the Brooke Weston Trust, Education Welfare Officer. If attendance continues to decrease, a referral to the Education Inclusion Partnership Team (Local Authority) may be made for consideration of legal action. This could include a prosecution or a Penalty Notice being issued.

Penalty information update - May 2017

http://www.brookewestontrust.org/news/?pid=9&nid=3&storyid=307

Parents/carers can make contact with the Education Inclusion Partnership Team directly for a general enquiry http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/EducationandLearning/Parents/Pages/Education-Entitlement-Service.aspx

Further advice and guidance on this matter can be located through the Department of Education https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-attendance

Student Sickness Policy:

"If a student feels unwell they must report to student reception who will advise tehe Student Support Officer. The student’s attendance will be checked and the Vice Principal will then consider the situation. If the student is allowed to go home, contact will be made with the parent/carer. The student will only be allowed to go home if they are collected by an adult, who is named on the students contact list”.

Please note: If a student has already phoned home, they will not be allowed to leave the Academy until the above procedure has been followed.

The Brooke Weston Trust Attendance and Lateness Policy