Regular attendance at school promotes pupils’ well-being, maximises progress in learning and helps pupils reach their potential. The attendance pattern for all children is monitored weekly with the school seeking to work actively with parents to ensure a regular pattern is maintained. One of our basic principles is to celebrate success.
Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. It is our duty to promote 100% attendance for all children. For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital that our pupils are at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
All children have the right to an education and we have put in place appropriate procedures to support this. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards school and learning.
You should inform the Academy on the first day of the child’s absence, so that an authorised absence can be recorded. Authorised absences are acceptable reasons for absence and cover: illness; hospital/dental appointments; religious holidays; attendance at court; funerals etc. However, all appointments should, where possible, be arranged after the Academy day or during holidays.
To ensure your child’s absence is reported to you quickly, please ensure you keep the school informed of any telephone changes. It is helpful for parents and carers to provide a mobile number so that text messages can be sent.
Unauthorised absences are absences where no acceptable reason is given and include: shopping; going to the airport; a relative visiting; going for a haircut; parent/carer unwell; holidays etc.
Under no circumstances may children leave the Academy, by themselves during Academy hours. Parents/carers who collect children during the day to go to the doctor, dentist etc. must first report to the office and the child will be collected from their classroom by office staff.
The Academy monitors the attendance of children. The Attendance Officer visits regularly and contacts families where the attendance of a child starts to cause concern and the Academy has not been given a reason or where there is a pattern of absence from the Academy. If a child’s attendance continues to be poor, there are no justifiable reasons why your child is not attending regularly, and/or you do not talk to the school about your child’s absence, then you may be breaking the law and the Academy will notify the Council so that they can either issue a Penalty Notice or start an investigation into why your child is not attending school.
Poor punctuality is not acceptable, to school or to lessons. A pupil who is only 5 minutes late to each lesson, misses three and half weeks of learning each year – learning which is lost and can never be made up for.
It is very important that all children are in the Academy on time. A child will be recorded as late if they arrive in the classroom five minutes after the start of the day. It is equally as important that children should be picked up from the Academy promptly. If, for any reason, you are going to be late, please contact the Academy office so that we know what is happening. It can be very distressing for a child if we cannot tell them anything.
The law requires that, once a child is on the Academy’s register, they should be sent to the Academy every day that it is open. Taking holidays in term time is not permitted by the academy. You may request time off through completing the application form requesting leave which can be obtained from the school office. In exceptional circumstances, the Principal may agree to authorise a holiday. All other requests will be denied.
In addition to holidays, parents may see it fit to request to take their child out of school during term time for other reasons. The Principal may not grant leave unless there are exceptional circumstances. Examples of exceptional circumstances are:
Unauthorised absence of more than two weeks may result in the child being taken off-roll and the place being given to the next child on our waiting list. If a child is missing from education, we will inform Peterborough Local Authority.
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For more information please read our attendance policy.