Our Academy attendance target for 2018 is 96%.
Why is attendance important?
It is vital that your child attends the Academy regularly and punctually in order to learn and progress. We believe that every lesson is important and that every day your son or daughter is absent has the potential to damage their achievement and affect their future.
Low attendance leads to underachievement. Studies have shown that students with a higher % of attendance will simply achieve higher overall grades. Poor attendance can make the difference between a pass or a fail, or being accepted onto their chosen college course or not.
Every day counts and every minute is important, Did you know that being just 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two whole weeks of learning? With your help we can reach our target!
Procedure for reporting your child’s absence
Parents/Carers have a responsibility to contact school on their child’s first day of absence BEFORE 9am with an explanation and likely duration of absence. It is necessary for you to contact school each morning that your child is absent unless we have a doctor’s note for a longer term illness. If we do not receive notification via phone, text or App then the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Our reception is open to take calls from 8:00am. Parents will be contacted, and home visits made if we do not receive any notification of a student absence.
What can you do to help us?
Always keep us informed. If your child is unable to attend the Academy, for whatever reason, please contact us BEFORE 9am to explain the reason for absence. Our reception is open to take calls from 8:00am.
We urge parents not to take students out of the Academy unless absolutely necessary. Medical appointments should always be made outside of the Academy day or during holidays wherever possible. If your child has an unavoidable appointment during school time we ask that you inform school and write a note in their Student Planner with, if possible an appointment card/letter. Your child will then be able to sign out at our main school office and be issued with a pass-out slip. We would normally expect to see your child in school for the session before and after the appointment.
School should receive an explanation for every absence. Any unexplained absence will be classed as unauthorised. If you know in advance that your child will be absent eg. religious observance please notify Mrs Craven, Social Inclusion Manager by either phone, email or App as listed above.
All attendance will be monitored and any pattern of non-attendance, or a high number of authorised absences, may be referred to the Education Welfare Service and this may lead to legal action being taken against you. If a student has 10 or more unauthorised sessions a fixed penalty notice will be issued by Salford City Council. We also request that after 15 days of authorised absence a medical certificate/evidence is provided to support your child’s absence. In addition to this, a medical planning meeting will be held. Failure to provide such evidence will result in the school involving the Education Welfare Service.
It is absolutely essential that we work together in removing any attendance barriers. Raising your child’s attendance means that we are raising their chances in succeeding. Quite simply, if they are not here, they cannot learn.
Exceptional Circumstances Leave of Absence
In September 2013 The Department for Education (DfE) announced important amendments to legislation surrounding holidays in term time.
The law now gives NO entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Leave of absence during term time will only be granted under exceptional circumstances; this does not include family holidays, celebrations or weddings.
Any application for leave must be made to the Headteacher who must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. The Headteacher’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.