Attendance & Punctuality
The school places huge importance on ensuring students attend regularly and arrive on time. There is clear evidence from research that poor levels of attendance have a negative impact on student achievement.
Parents are requested to notify the school of any absence every day and to send a note of explanation to the Form Tutor on the student’s return. The school will then decide whether the absence is authorised or not. Students must copy up any work they have missed.
There is a policy of ‘absence calling' where parents do not notify the school of an absence, with parents being contacted by phone or text to acknowledge that their daughter is absent. Text messaging is also used to inform parents of key events, dates or important information.
Students are expected to arrive at registration and lessons on time. The bell marks the beginning of a session and there are warning bells to inform students they should move to registration in the morning, at the end of lunchtime and at the end of break. A 5 minute late bell is rung after registration, at the beginning of periods 2, 4 and 5. Students must be in lessons before the late bell rings.
Students who arrive late should report to the Late Room and complete the Late Book. Failure to do so will result in their being marked absent. Detentions will be issued for late arrival to school: 30 minutes that day after school, unless a parent calls to explain an extenuating reason for the lateness.
The school regularly rewards students for good attendance and punctuality.
Persistent Lateness to School
For students who are persistently late to school we have introduced a range of measures to help them improve their punctuality. Students will be monitored closely by Assistant Heads of Year (AHOY) and Year Leaders (YL) and differing levels of sanctions will be applied depending on the number of late marks. We have a late room each morning managed by our Attendance Officer and supported by our Senior Leadership Team where students will reflect on the importance of being punctual.
Punctuality to school is crucial to create a calm and purposeful atmosphere and students who are persistently late often disrupt their own and others’ learning. A late mark will still be recorded for students who have a late verified by parents and although they will not receive a detention for this, it may still lead to students being placed on Punctuality report if lateness remains persistent.
|Senior Leader||Mr L Conduit-Smithfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Education & Attendance Welfare Officer||Mrs P Mellishemail@example.com|
|Admin Assistant||Miss H Connollyfirstname.lastname@example.org|