It is vital that your child attends school on time every day. If your child is not in school it impacts their progress. We expect our students to achieve 97% attendance. This is the equivalent of just 6 days of education missed over the year.
The diamond to the left shows how we communication attendance to our students. We talk about their attendance colour. The aim is for all students to remain in Green, days missed may see your child move into different attendance colours. When this happens we do our best to let you know to help you monitor your child's attendance. Every session counts, so even making it in for the afternoon improves attendance.
How do I report an absence?
You must report absence on the first day. You can report an absence by:
Text: 07860 055 215 (preferred)
Phone call (leave a message only): 0208 831 3019
Ensure that you give your child's name, their registration group and a quick explanation for the reason of their absence.
If your child is unwell you must be specific about the symptoms the exhibit, i.e. 'a temperature of 38.4' not simply 'fever'.
Not attending in circumstances related to coronavirus
It is important that you distinguish between regular illness and suspected COVID19. If anyone in your household has either a new, continuous cough, or fever your household should isolate for 14 days and those with symptoms should arrange for a test immediately.
Although school attendance is mandatory from the start of the autumn term, there are some circumstances where pupils cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19). In line with the Secretary of State’s expectation that no parent will be penalised for following official public health advice for their child not to attend a given session. Examples in which ‘not attending in circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19)’ could apply are as follows.
- Pupils who are required to self-isolate as they, or a member of their household, has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Pupils who have symptoms should self-isolate and get a test.
- If someone in the pupil’s household has symptoms, the household should self-isolate and the member of their household should get a test.
- Pupils who are required to self-isolate because they are a close contact of someone who has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Pupils who are required by legislation to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have stated that there is a very low rate of severe disease in children from COVID-19. Current government guidance states that: "All pupils and students should continue to attend education settings at all local COVID alert levels unless they are one of the very small number of pupils or students under paediatric or other specialist care and have been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend an education setting." If your child has been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend school, you must notify us immediately.
What if I know of a future absence?
Send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with as much details as possible and/ or any support documentation. Requests for term-time absences must be sent in writing for the attention of the Principal.
Do I need to provide evidence for an absence?
Yes, absences may only be authorised when supported by evidence. Authorisation cannot be made until the supporting documentation is provided. Please note that authorisation of absence is at our discretion.
- Academy trips, visits
- Work experience
- Hospital appointments
- Emergency doctor’s/ dental appointments
- Orthodontist appointments
- Religious festivals
- Funerals for immediate family
*Appointments must be arranged outside school hours whenever possible. Students are expected back in school after their appointment.
It is your duty to notify us of your child's absence for each day they are unable to attend school. Where this is not communicated to us we follow up with text messages from around 11am. It is vital that you respond to these messages.
Our teaching day begins at 9:20am when the first register is taken (note students are welcome to attend our free breakfast club from 8:10am). If your child is not sat in the first period at 9:20am but arrives after they will be marked as late. Punctuality is important to us, with a later start there can be no excuses for not arriving on time. Late notifications are sent out daily at around 11am.