Attendance / Punctuality

Punctuality

Good punctuality to both school and lessons leads to higher achievement. In the world of work being punctual is something that is required so we try and teach our young people good habits for their future lives. If a student is 5 minutes late three times a week it equates to almost 10 hours of education missed in a year.

We recognise that parents/carers play an integral role to supporting good punctuality and we will work with parents/carers and other agencies to resolve any punctuality issues. The school expects all students to arrive by 9.00 am to school and to be on time to lessons.

This ensures that students;

  • Maximise their opportunities at school
  • Avoids the disruption to lessons and learning
  • Develop good habits which will be expected by employers

Students who arrive after 9.00am with a legitimate reason (note provided by Parents/Carers) will be given a L code (late for the morning session). Students who arrive after 9.30am without a valid reason will be given a U code.

This means that they have arrived to school after the morning register has closed and therefore the session is recorded as unauthorised. A 'U' code affects a student's attendance. Poor attendance will require interventions and could result in a referral to the ACE (Attendance, Compliance and Enforcement Service).

Any student who arrives late to school without a valid reason will be issued a lates detention on that day. The school gates are locked at 9.00am. Students arriving after 9.00am should sign in at reception before going to their form room.

If a student arrives to school after 9.00am without a valid reason then a lates detention is issued at lunchtime on that day. Students will receive a Lates Notice informing them that they are in a Lates Detention and should go to Room 2 at the start of lunchtime. (12.40pm).

The detention lasts 15 minutes. If a student is persistently late, this will be picked up by the Head of Year in the first instance and then by Mrs Thomas, Deputy Head if the situation does not improve. We will involve parents/carers at the first stage of the process

Absence Arrangements

As part of a national drive to raise attendance because of its strong link to educational achievement, there has been an important change to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) regulations 2006 in that the word “holiday” has been removed.  Parents/Carers of pupils at this school have understood that there is no entitlement to holidays during term time and such absences could only be authorised in a restricted number of “special circumstances”.  The wording of the amendments now uses the phrase “exceptional circumstances” and Local Authorities will be monitoring very closely schools which appear relaxed in any way. 

We are liaising with the Local Authority to ascertain how they propose to monitor this issue and apply the legal authority they have to issue fixed penalty notices. Attendance at this school is high, on average 94.4%, however, it has been pointed out that our rate of holiday absence requires improvement.  In the meantime please be aware of the following which summarise the new regulations: 

  • Head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Head teachers will now determine whether the Leave of Absence is granted or not.
  • When requesting Leave of Absence, Parents/Carers are asked to make clear how the circumstances leading to the request are exceptional.
  • Leave of Absence must be requested in advance.
  • If Leave of Absence is not granted the absence will be coded as unauthorised.

 There is an application form for Leave of Absence which can be obtained from the school (Sixth Form Reception) or is available to download via the school website.  Please contact Mrs Kay, Attendance Officer, on 02476 642400, option 1 for an application form if you are unable to download the form. 

We ask Parents/Carers to respect these changes under which we must now work. Each application for Leave of Absence will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own merit. We greatly appreciate parental support to reduce the total amount of days lost due to holidays.   We are committed to working in partnership with you to enable your child to reach his/her academic targets and to support their social development. For this to happen we need to keep attendance a priority and for it to remain as high as possible.  We would appreciate you communicating this information to close family members.

Please click here for a Leave of Absence Form.