Attendance

Attendance

If your child is absent please contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence. Mrs Whitby is in Student Services from 8.00am. to take your calls (01727 868666). If we do not hear from you and your child is not in school, then we will call you. This system is for your child’s safety and your peace of mind.

Students who arrive to school late (after 8.20 am) must sign in at Student Services and will receive a late mark on their attendance record. 

The law says:

Parents/carers have a duty to make sure that children of compulsory school age receive an appropriate education. A child reaches compulsory school age the term following their fifth birthday and are legally able to leave school on the last Friday in June of the school year when the child becomes 16-years-old.

Remember - if your child is not in school:

  • they may be absent without your knowledge
  • they may be at risk
  • they are missing out on their education
  • you may be issued with a Penalty Notice (the penalty is £60 or £120)
  • or you may be prosecuted by the local authority in the Magistrates' Court. 

Please note that a Penalty Notice will be issued to each parent/carer individually and for each child. If it is proved that you knew of your child's non attendance and failed without reasonable justification to ensure regular attendance a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a term of imprisonment may be imposed by the court.

The court also has the power to direct a Parenting Order requiring you to attend at counselling and guidance sessions. It can also specify other appropriate action by you as directed by the named Education Welfare Officer on behalf of the academy.

You can help your child by:

  • working together with your child's school
  • letting the school know on the first day of any absence
  • not taking your child out of school for holidays in term time/visits/shopping trips
  • taking a positive interest in your child's work
  • listening to your child
  • ensuring your child is ready for the school day
  • checking your child's attendance with the school if it is a concern
  • making sure your child is not illegally employed or being exploited and has been issued with a permit.

Attending school regularly

Students with good attendance:

  • achieve better
  • feel happier and gain confidence
  • find it easier to make and keep friends
  • have better prospects of employment and training
  • are less likely to be at risk of harm or be involved in criminal offending. 

We can help 

If you are concerned about your child's school attendance it is always best to talk to us first. The academy has a dedicated Education Welfare Officer Ms V. French or our Student Services Manager Mrs J Whitby within our student services team.

If you feel unable to do this or would like further help contact the North Lincolnshire  service on 01724 297502 . They are open during school holidays.

Holidays

In September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations were amended to prohibit the Headteacher of a school granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. If the Headteacher grants a leave request it will be for them to determine the length of time that child can be away from school.

Leave of absence during term time interrupts continuity of teaching and learning and can disrupt the educational progress of individual children, creating disruption in schools, Promoting regular school attendance is a key component in the Government’s strategy to raise educational standards. In order for children to reach their full potential and access the learning opportunities available to them, children must attend school regularly. 

As a parent or carer you are required by law to ensure that your child attends school regularly.

Leave of absence during term time is not an entitlement and will not be granted for the sole purpose of a family holiday. Permission may only be granted by the Headteacher of the school if the application was made in advance (retrospective consent will not be given) and there are exceptional circumstances relating to the request. The parent with whom the child normally resides must provide evidence relating to the exceptional circumstances and include this when completing the leave of absence request form. Each request will be considered on the exceptional circumstances detailed on the application form.

Any absences taken without the Headteacher’s permission will be recorded as unauthorised in the school register and may result in a Penalty Notice or other legal intervention by the Education Inclusion Service. 

An application form for any student leave of absence is attached below

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