Attendance and Punctuality
As you will know, it is a legal duty of parents to ensure good, regular attendance and to explain any absences. When your child is absent from school, please call the school office to confirm the reason for the absence. If you feel that the absence might be lengthy, please contact the Main Office who will pass on the message to the Tutor. When you phone school to explain an absence please also send in a note on the day of return. We monitor the attendance of all our pupils and we will write to all parents notifying them of their child’s attendance three times a year. In keeping with the Local Authority’s policy, any student whose attendance falls below 85 per cent will trigger the involvement of the local support team (LST). The LST can take legal action against you if you fail to make sure that your child goes to school regularly and there is no legitimate reason for the absence. This action might take one of two forms: the issuing of a Penalty Notice and, if necessary, prosecution in the local magistrates court. If you would like further information please ring the EWW on 01902 696587.
If your child is going to be late for school, please provide a note in the Journal. Students arriving before 8.40a.m. must go to their tutor bases. Arrivals after 8.40a.m. must report to the Main Office where they will sign in.
Leaving the Campus
Parents may request permission for students to leave the campus during the day via a letter to your child’s form tutor. Please keep these requests to a minimum as permission will only be granted for essential appointments such as dental visits that could not be arranged in the holiday or after school. If granted, written permission will be confirmed by the Tutor in the student’s Journal. For reasons of safety students are required to sign out with school reception before leaving.
On 1st September 2013 the DfE made changes to the Education Regulations 2006 regarding leave during term time. Leave of absence will not be granted unless the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
Education Welfare Workers
Our Education Welfare Workers (EWW) visits the school regularly to check attendance and punctuality. She is also available to assist staff, parents and students with a wide range of other matters. You can contact our EWO through the school.