Attendance

Coming to school every day in is the best way to achieve, succeed and get the most out of all the Academy has to offer. We work with parents, carers and students to make sure everyone has what they need to attend. Our target for students’ attendance is at least 97%.

We have two dedicated attendance officers, Mrs Munby and Mrs Fisher. Each of our Year teams also support attendance and Mrs George oversees attendance and is our senior leader link.

Is your child going to be absent from the Academy?

If your child is can’t make it to school for any reason, then please phone us by 8:30am; leaving your name, your child’s name, their form and the reason for absence.

It’s best if dental or non-urgent medical appointments are made outside of Academy hours. We understand that sometimes this is difficult, eg for certain hospital appointments, so we ask for an accompanying medical letter or appointment card for our records. Any pupil who attends an appointment during the school day will need to be collected and brought back to the academy.

What is an Unauthorised Absence?

If you don’t get permission from our Principal, the absence is classed as ‘unauthorised’ and this includes lateness. As an academy we must follow national legal guidelines which means that holiday requests during term-time cannot be authorised. Because of this, absences or persistent lateness which are not agreed with us, can incur a penalty notice. These penalties are through the local council and we have no control over how they are given.

Rewarding great attendance

We love to reward our students for great attendance. Every week students who have 100% attendance are given certificates and Reward points that they can use at our Academy shop. Then each half term the form with the highest attendance in each year group gets a prize to share. We also do an attendance prize draw, giving everybody the chance to win something.

We give out free breakfast every morning from 8:00am. By coming to our free breakfast students are entered into a half-termly prize draw to win a selection of prizes that are kindly sponsored by local businesses and suppliers.

Our students love the 100% attendance certificates and badges, which are worn with pride.

If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance, or want to speak to anyone, then please contact your child’s form tutor, Associate Head of Year, Head of Year or Attendance Officer.