Attendance & absence procedures
If your child is absent from school please call 0161 795 3005 before 8.30am.
A note on attendance and COVID19
The government has made it clear that attendance will be compulsory from September. The academy’s normal attendance procedures will recommence from the start of the term.
NB : any student that has COVID symptoms should not attend the academy, but should self-isolate for 7 days in accordance with government guidelines. Any student living with someone that develops COVID symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days. Parents / carers should keep the academy informed if either of these is the case so that we can record this correctly in the register. Symptomatic students and their families will also be able to get tested to confirm whether they have a confirmed case or not, and this will help avoid long periods of absence. From September, we will resume home visits to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our students and to offer support.
It is critical that we are informed of any confirmed cases of COVID19 so that we can inform Public Health England and follow their advice.
If a student develops COVID symptoms throughout the course of a day, we will make contact with parents / carers and the student will be sent home to isolate / be tested.
In all other regards, the academy’s normal attendance procedures will operate.
Research shows there is a link between the amount of time a student takes off school, and how well they do in their exams. This is why we have a very high attendance target of asking our students to attend 98%+ of the time.
Being on time for the start of the academy day
Year 7, 9 and 11 should arrive on site at 8.20am for an 8.30am start. Year 8 and 10 should arrive at 8.50am for a 9am start. Breakfast is available from 8.00am.
Any student arriving after lessons have started will be marked as late.
Any student arriving 45 minutes after the start of lessons will be marked as unauthorised late; this is when the academy closes its register.
All students arriving late will make up the time by attending a 30 minute detention at the end of the academy day. Letters and text messages will be sent out informing parents/carers of their child’s lateness.
Should your child be too ill to attend the academy, please contact us on the first day of absence before 8.30am on 0161 795 3005. Please keep us informed of your child’s progress.
If you expect your child to be absent, please send in evidence of medication prescribed by your doctor or hospital.
If your child is to be off for 3 days or more (or where we have concerns for the child’s attendance) we will require a medical certificate from your GP or a stamped academy medical card stating your child is too ill to attend school. Medical cards can be obtained from the Attendance Team or you can download and print your own.
Telephone calls are made to every parent/carer of a student who is absent from the academy each morning. If we cannot make contact, a text message will be sent. A possible follow up home visit may be made.
Please note that medical appointments are still absences.
Medical appointments will affect your child’s attendance percentage if taken during school hours.
Every effort should be made to arrange appointments outside of school hours. We do appreciate that on occasion this will be unavoidable.
Students should attend school before and after their appointment. Most appointments do not justify a full day’s absence from school.
Whilst the academy embraces all faiths and cultures we also recognise the importance of education. Wherever possible we will try and accommodate all religious celebrations within our use of the flexible working day and prayer rooms. However, as with all leave of absence requests, these must be applied for in advance to the Head of Academy. Absence without authorisation on these occasions may result in legal action.
Holiday leave in term time
The academy closes for 70 days of holidays each academic year and we expect all parents/carers to take their family holidays whilst the academy is closed. Any parent wanting to take their child on a leave of absence from the academy should inform the Head of Academy in writing, giving at least 10 days notice. The application will be looked at on an individual basis and you will be informed by letter of the outcome. However, it is highly unusual to grant a leave of absence during term time. Any holiday or leave taken without permission from the Head of Academy will be unauthorised and legal action will be sought from the Local Authority.
The academy works with students and their parents/carers when we have a concern over attendance. Persistent absence is when:
- a student has below 91% attendance
- a student has 3 days absence or 6 sessions (half days) in a 30 day period
Where we have concerns about your child’s attendance, you will be asked to attend a meeting with the Attendance Manager, LPSO or the Head of Academy.
Penalty Notice Warnings are issued to parents/carers after 5 sessions of unauthorised absence
For full information please read our Attendance & Punctuality Policy