Students that attend school regularly make more progress and are better placed to go on and be successful in their chosen pathways. An attendance target of 97% is set for all students across the school and we have a number of systems in place to reward students for excellent attendance.
Why attendance at school and punctuality is important?
- 98% attendance means that your child has missed 4 days in the school year
- 95% attendance means that your child has missed 10 days in the school year
- 90% attendance means that your child has missed 19 days in the school year
- 80% attendance means that your child has missed 38 days in the school year
- 5 minutes late each day means three whole days lost each year
- 17 days missed from school each year equates to a whole GCSE grade
- Attendance affects learning, future earning, wellbeing and a sense of belonging
We know that you as parents/carers want the best for your child and that having a good education helps to open up more opportunities in adult life. Bearing this in mind, I would like to include in our newsletters and correspondence, regular reminders regarding the law relating to holidays taken during term time.
As parents you have a legal duty to ensure that your child attends school on a regular basis. The Education Act 1996 makes it a criminal offence for a parent to “fail to secure their child’s regular attendance at school”. The recent amendments to the 2006 Regulations removes any reference to family holidays, extended leave and the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments also make it very clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence (holidays) during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The amendments give parents no entitlement to take their child out of school for a holiday in term time and require the Head Teacher and Governing Body to determine what the exceptional circumstances are. The decision will be made by me, the Head Teacher, and/or Governor. We will use my/our discretion to consider each request individually.
A Leave of Absence form must be completed in advance and returned to the school. These forms can be collected from the School Office and, on completion, should be handed back to the School Office, so that a reply can be given. Alternatively, the forms are available from the School’s website.
- It must be made clear what the exceptional circumstance is that requires the leave of absence being taken in term time.
- On receipt of the request, you will be sent a response indicating whether the school is able to authorise the leave of absence or not.
If parents, contrary to what the school has said, still decide to take their child out of school for a leave of absence then the absence will be coded as unauthorised. This will lead to the school referring the matter to the Local Authority requesting a Fixed Penalty Notice to be issued.
Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs)
I know that some parents/carers will find these measures severe but we believe that regular and high attendance is in every pupil’s best interests and helps to maximise their achievements and enjoyment of school.
I would like to thank all parents and carers for their continued support in promoting high standards of attendance throughout The Oaks Academy.
Please follow the links below to learn more about Attendance.