Attendance and Absence
Working Together to Improve Attendance
You can find our full Attendance and Punctuality Policy, along with all of our school polices here.
The School Day
The school day starts at 8:40am and finishes at 3:15pm.
The morning register closes at 9:00am. Any pupil arriving after this time will be marked as absent (U Code) for the duration of the morning session.
All school staff have a responsibility to support good attendance.
Should you need to discuss any matter relating to attendance, please contact the following staff:
|To report an absence||Contact school by 8:40am on the first and every day of absence, via the Arbor Parent App or the dedicated absence phone line: 01202 486237|
|To request a planned absence||Requests must be made in advance via the Arbor Parent App or the attendance absence line|
|Day to day questions about attendance or to discuss your child specifically||Your child’s form tutor – this will be written in their school planner|
|For more detailed support on attendance||Your child’s Head of Year/Head of Key Stage – this is recorded in the school planner|
|To discuss a medical need||Email our welfare team on: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Advice or support for pupils who are persistently absent (10% or more absence) or severely absent (50% or more absence)||Email our school based social worker on: Erin.email@example.com|
|To report a more serious concern or complaint in regard to our attendance policy or processes||Email Mrs Fiona Ordway, Assistant Headteacher on: Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org|
Our designated senior leader for attendance is:
Mrs Fiona Ordway
Incentivising Good Attendance
We will visible celebrate and incentivise good attendance through all aspects of school life, and specifically, through the following:
- Building positive and respectful relationships between staff and students
- Setting high expectations for attendance and behaviour and communicating these clearly to pupils, parents and staff
- Having a broad and balanced curriculum which is accessible to all students
- Encouraging and promoting extra-curricular activities, trips and visit
- Greeting students at the start and end of the day
- Highlighting the link between attainment and attendance and future plans
- Adopting the strategy, ‘listen, understand, empathise and support – but do not tolerate” when it comes to supporting those with poor attendance
- Developing a high quality character education
- School displays
- Registration/form time
- Student planners
- Positive conversations with staff
- Parental meetings
- Tracking of weekly attendance patterns and trends
- If the school does not have contact from a parent, an email will be sent to parents, and where relevant, social workers
- If the school does not receive a response to the email, a phone call will be made to all named contacts for the child
- Where absence is recorded as unexplained in the attendance register, the correct code should be inputted as soon as the reason is ascertained, but no later than 5 working days after the session.
Third day absence
If contact has not been established with any of the named contacts, after three days of absence the school will undertake all reasonable enquiries to establish contact, including making enquiries with wider friends or family or by completing a home visit.
Ten days absence
We have a legal duty to report the absence of any child who is absent from school for a duration of 10 days, to the Local Authority’s School Attendance Support Team. If a child is absent for any reason for a duration of 10 days or more, the school will contact the family and arrange to speak directly to the child to fulfil our safeguarding responsibilities.
It is essential that students arrive punctually to school and to lessons. Centralised sanctions will be implemented for those students who are regularly late to registration and lessons. Please note, the morning register will close at 9:00am. Any student arriving after this time will be marked as absent for the duration of the morning session.
Ongoing and repeated lateness may be reported to the Local Authority’s School Attendance Support Team.