We are pleased that our children want to attend their academy and know that good attendance matters. Pupils who have good attendance: get better jobs in the future, achieve better results, make better friendships and have good self-esteem and confidence. To promote good attendance and punctuality, awards are given during and at the end of the year. These are valued by the children and they appreciate their parents support in qualifying for them.
As a Brooke Weston Trust Academy we expect good attendance to ensure that all pupils are able to take full advantage of the education available to them.
Good attendance matters. Pupils who have good attendance:
- Get better jobs in the future
- Achieve better results
- Make better friendships
- Have good self esteem and confidence
Good attendance means:
100% attendance where a pupil arrives on time every day that they are well.
Awards are given for good attendance during and at the end of the year. These are valued by the children and they appreciate their parents' support in qualifying for them.
Parents can help their child reach the attendance awards through:
- Ensuring their child attends every day and is on time, in line with their legal obligations
- Only booking holidays in academy holiday times and avoiding any fines
- Making dental appointments outside of academy hours
- Notifying the academy by 8.30am on the first day of any illness absence (the academy will follow up any uninformed absence and take any safeguarding action necessary).
Facts for parents
Parents are legally obliged to ensure that their child attends school regularly and may be fined or prosecuted if they take their child on holiday during term time, or fail to ensure regular attendance. The academy is not legally allowed to authorise holidays. Absence is only permitted and authorised for genuine illness (medical evidence may be required) or days of religious observance verified by the religious organisation.
Brooke Weston Notice
The Brooke Weston Trust Academies and the Local Authority have been working together to reduce the amount of leave taken in term time by requesting Penalty Notices are issued under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 (amended regulations 2013)
Parents need to be aware as of Monday 25 April 2016, Northamptonshire County Council are changing the policy, which will mean a Penalty Notice will be issued for 5 days of absence (10 sessions) rather than 10 days (20 sessions)
There is clear evidence that any absence can and will have an impact on attainment. It is therefore important that schools maintain good attendance levels and that parents support this by ensuring their children attend school regularly. Whilst parents/carers/guardians can provide explanations for absences, it is at the Academy’s discretion as to whether this absence will be authorised or unauthorised.
The Public Health Agency have put together a useful guide on Inflection Control in schools. Please click here to view the guide.