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Report Absence – Please contact the school before 10am
‘Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all students can fulfil their potential is that students need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Students with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school’ – DFE 2014
For a student to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of school attendance is essential. It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all students. Every opportunity will be used to convey to students and parents/carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance. For our students to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered, it is vital your child is at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. The routines children develop around attendance and punctuality at school are the same as the expectations of any future employer in the world of work. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff, and future aspirations depend on good attendance.
Late Arrivals: School starts promptly at 8.40am and the register is taken at 8.45am. The registers will close at 9.10am. Those students arriving between 8.45am and 9.10am will be recorded as ‘Late before the register closes.’ Those arriving after 9.10am will be marked as ‘Late’ and are recorded as an ‘Unauthorised Absence’.
‘Lates’ are monitored by the attendance team, the Headteacher and the Governing Body. Persistent lateness to school is treated seriously and families will be contacted personally if it continues. Students arriving late after 9.10am must report to reception and sign in. All late arrivals before 9.10am must attend tutor time where their tutor will sign them in and record as late. This is a safety protocol. Students who are consistently late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of other students. On-going and repeated lateness is considered as unauthorised absence and could be subject to legal action.
Legal Action: As a school Ringwood is proud of its attendance and closely monitors the attendance of all students. Intervention is staged to ensure student attendance remains high. Intervention in school begins when a student has had 10 unauthorised sessions over a rolling year. Throughout each stage consistent support is provided by the pastoral team. When a student has;10 unauthorised sessions over a rolling year there will be Progress Leader communication. 20 unauthorised sessions over a rolling year will require medical evidence for every absence thereafter. 30 unauthorised sessions over a rolling year will result in a pre-fine letter with no further warnings. 40 unauthorised sessions over a rolling year will result in a fine being issued on behalf of Hampshire County Council.
Promoting Good Attendance: The foundation for good attendance is a strong partnership between the school, parents / carers and the child.
To help us all to focus on this we will: Challenge all our students to have attendance over 95%. Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and attendance below 95%. Celebrate good attendance rates with weekly Vivos and certificates at the end of each term. These are for 100% attendance and improved attendance.
Illness & Appointments: Please be aware that the absence or illness of a student is not expected to affect the education of their siblings. Where possible we request that dental and doctor’s appointments are arranged out of school hours or during school holidays. If this is not possible and a student has an appointment (particularly at the beginning or end of a school day) arrangements should be made to ensure that the other sibling is either dropped off or collected from school on time. The school should be notified by parents/carers of all illness and appointments. Requests for Leave of Absence from September 2013 school attendance regulations were changed to state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
As of September 2015 all schools are now required to work with Hampshire County Council to take legal action and issue penalty notices if a child has any unauthorised absence during formal examinations, assessment or testing where dates have been published/ communicated in advance. Students are responsible for catching up on the learning they have missed due to absence. Students will need to approach their teacher for this work. For more information and guidance please refer to the Attendance Policy and links to the National Guidance for Parental Responsibility.
Ofsted – ‘Pupils attend school regularly. Attendance figures are consistently in line with national averages. Leaders monitor attendance carefully, and praise and reward those pupils who come to school regularly.’