Missing school seriously disrupts pupils’ learning. Children are expected to attend school on time every day.
“Authorised absence means that the school has either given approval in advance for a pupil of compulsory school age to be away, or has accepted an explanation offered afterwards as justification for absence”
“Unauthorised absence is where a school is not satisfied with the reasons given for the absence.”
DfE (Department for Education) School attendance – Statutory Guidance and Departmental Advice August 2013:
The school may authorise absence, given advanced notice, for the following reasons:-
If a child has a medical appointment, other legitimate meeting.
If a child is expected to undertake days of religious observance.
If a child has experienced a close family bereavement .
In order to see a parent who is on leave from the armed forces.
If your child is ill and unable to attend school, we request that you notify the school on the first day of absence, either by telephone or e-mail (e-mail available on the home page of our website under the heading ‘Pupil Absence Form’). If the absence is reported by telephone, written confirmation is required when your child returns to school.
Unfortunately we are unable to authorise any holiday absence in term time because of the amendment to the law as outlined below:
“The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.”
DfE Amendment to ‘The Education (Pupil Registration)(England) Regulations 2006.
The authorities are particularly interested in unauthorised absence because, from their point of view, this could indicate that either a child is unsupervised or that the parent is withdrawing them illegally from school.
Why is Good School Attendance so Important?
At Trevithick Learning Academy we are working closely as a school to improve our attendance levels so that each child is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education.
Good attendance is a skill for life and attendance has an impact on a child’s whole school experience. As well as affecting your child’s academic potential, poor or irregular attendance can have an impact on your child’s friendships, self-esteem and confidence but above all, missing school seriously affects your child’s longer term life opportunities.
We monitor the attendance of every child in the school. If we have concerns about your child’s attendance then in the first instance we will contact you to offer support by phone or letter, however if your child’s attendance continues to pose a problem then you will be requested to attend an attendance meeting or visited at your home; you also risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.
Pupils only attend school 190 days per year, so that leaves 175 days and every evening free to spend with your child.
We like to encourage and praise children who attend school regularly. Throughout the year there are many opportunities for children to be rewarded for good and significantly improved attendance.
- Every week pupils that have high attendance for that week get given a reward, we do take into account unavoidable medical appointments.
- At the end of each half term the all the pupils with 100% attendance get a prize and get entered into a prize draw to win vouchers.
- Class Competitions
- The class with the highest attendance in KS1 get to look after our Attendance Bear for the week and KS2 win a trophy for their class. The class with the highest attendance each week will receive a star to go on the board, which class will have the most stars by the end of the school year?
Watch this space for competitions that will be running throughout the year!
Timekeeping is also important in the education of your child. Lateness is monitored by our Attendance Officer. If your child is late often then you will be contacted and offered any support that you might need to ensure that your child is arriving at school on time.