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Attendance & Punctuality

Being the best you can be.

It is vital we work to teach our students the value of attending the Academy at 8.40am each day. We do understand that on some occasions children may be ill and unable to attend. 

Please make sure you call us on 01536 532700 option 1 or text 07624 812313 to report the absence.

Attendance Matters

KSA is a great place to be and all students must attend every day. Simply put – students with high levels of attendance make better progress, achieve higher grades and give themselves the very best chance in life.  

There are 175 non-school days per year for holidays, shopping and appointments. There is no need, except in extreme circumstances to miss a day’s education. One session missed in a week is only 90% attendance. This may look impressive but it means 19 days of education in a year are lost, with a risk of dropping one grade in GCSEs.

We take absence very seriously. We target intervention with students whose attendance falls below the Academy target of 96% or better. 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 out of school hours
  • 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 Form Tutor or Head of Year as soon as possible, 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 option 1 or text 07624 812313. 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.

Lateness

Make sure your child arrives at school on time by 8.40am at the latest as lessons start promptly at 8.45am. Any student who arrives after 8.40am is late.

If your child arrives more than 10 minutes late or is late 3 times in a week they will receive a sanction. 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.

Attendance Team

Ms Claire Greaves Vice Principal
Mrs Nicola Heighton Senior Support Officer
Mrs Judy Hills Attendance Officer
Mrs Martine Boyd Senior Education Welfare and Safeguarding Officer (Brook Weston Trust)

Monitoring Absence

Student attendance is monitored on a daily and weekly basis. If your child’s attendance remains unsatisfactory and despite support from Academy staff, a referral will be made to the Senior Education Welfare and Safeguarding Officer (Trust). 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 here.

Further advice and guidance on this matter can be located through the Department of Education here.

Student Sickness Policy:

"If a student feels unwell they must report to Student Reception who will advise the 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 Public Health England issued guidance for health protection in schools, which can be found here.

Policy

The Brooke Weston Trust Attendance and Lateness Policy can be found here.