Simon Balle All-through School – Absence from school
Student’s attendance is 100%
Students to catch up work in own time if absent from school
Arrive at school by 8.40am as lessons start at 8.45am.
A child may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly this will be considered a safeguarding matter.
Why attendance at school and punctuality is important
- 98% attendance means that your child has missed 4 days in the school year
- 95% attendance means that your child has missed 10 days in the school year
- 90% attendance means that your child has missed 19 days in the school year
- 80% attendance means that your child has missed 38 days in the school year
- 5 minutes late each day means three whole days lost each year
- 17 days missed from school each year equates to a whole GCSE grade
- Attendance affects learning, future earning, wellbeing and a sense of belonging
Our procedures for absence
If a child is absent parents/carers must:
- Telephone the school as soon as possible, preferably before 09.00am, on each day of the absence leaving your name, your child’s name and form and reason for absence.
- Save evidence in the form of appointment cards, prescriptions or referral letters should they be required at a later date.
If a child is absent we will:
- Telephone parents/carers on the first day of absence if we have not heard from them. This is part of a system known as first call. If we do not have contact with parents on the first day, we will send home a letter asking reasons for absence.
- discuss strategies for improvement, with parent/carers, if the attendance figure falls below 96%
- Invite parents/carers into an Attendance panel meeting.
- refer the matter to the Attendance Improvement Officer if attendance falls below 90%
Key facts from the DfE:
A pupil’s absence during term time can seriously disrupt their continuity of learning. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away, they are also less prepared for the lessons building on that after their return. If leave of absence is not agreed by the school, then the absence is recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Pupils of school age must, by law, attend school regularly. If your child is to be away from school you need to ask us to approve the absence in advance, which we will do when there is an exceptional reason. The form to complete is on our website and can be accessed via this link
Can a parent take their child on holiday during term time?
“Head teachers should only authorise leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. If a head teacher grants a leave request, it will be for the head teacher to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. Leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday as a norm.”
The team is responsible for monitoring levels of attendance, celebrating success and acting to bring about improvement.
The attendance team includes:
- Form Tutor / Head of Year
- Wellbeing and Attendance Co-ordinator
- Assistant Headteacher
- Headteacher / Governor
Full details can be found in our Attendance Policy
Please also see our Attendance Leaflet below or down load a pdf copy here