The happiness and educational progress of all our children are our main priorities and we believe that good attendance is a major way in which these priorities can be achieved. The pace of the curriculum is such that when your child is away from school, the learning they miss will significantly have an effect on future learning and can often not ‘be made up’. It is for this reason that we ask for your support in this matter.
We are monitoring attendance and we will inform you if your child’s attendance falls below 95%.
Attendance that falls below 90% is classed as persistent absence (PA) and if this occurs we will request a meeting to discuss the reasons why the child’s attendance continues to be below the expected minimum.
- Each day we have a choice to be late or on time.
- Lateness means we lose valuable learning time and gain a school detention.
- Good time-keeping means we use every opportunity to succeed.
Lateness to School
- Each day pastoral staff will meet and greet and issue break detention slips to any student who arrives after 8.30am.
- Repeated lateness to school will result in a parent/staff panel meeting.
- Student late detentions will be held daily.
- Late to school = lunch time detention.
Illness and Accidents Procedures
- If you feel ill or have an accident, always tell your teacher, form tutor or any other staff member if you are not in a lesson.
- If you have an accident you will be looked after by the Medical Assistant.
- If you feel unwell you will be sent to Reception and the Medical Assistant will usually deal with the situation.
- If you are unable to continue lessons your family will be contacted before you are allowed to go home.
- UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you leave school without prior permission or without notifying somebody.
- If you have been given permission to leave REMEMBER to complete the signing out screen at reception.
Health and Safety
All students will be responsible for
- Complying with school rules and procedures.
- Taking reasonable care of themselves and others.
- Co-operating with their teachers and other school staff.
- Using equipment and substances in the manner in which they are instructed.
- Not misusing anything they believe to be hazardous or dangerous.
You should be on the school site at all times during the school day unless there is a specific reason for leaving. You then would need written permission from your parent/carer and to have completed the signing out screen in reception.
- If you need to leave school to see the doctor or dentist for example you must bring a letter from your parent/carer. Ideally these appointments should try to be arranged outside of school hours.
- To get permission you should see your Form Tutor or Head of Year and ask them to sign your planner.
- If you are leaving during a lesson, show your completed Planner TO YOUR TEACHER BEFORE the lesson starts.
- As you leave the premises you must hand in your Planner to a member of staff at Reception for signing.
- If you return, report to Reception before going to lessons.