This is closely monitored and if any student gives cause for concern, a system of first day referrals and automated text alerts to parents will operate. All absences must be accounted for with a written note from families. This must be handed to the form tutor as soon as the student returns to the Academy. There is an expectation that students will achieve in excess of 97% attendance.
Students should be on site no later than 08.35 and recognise the importance of being on time for lessons. They will be given a same day detention if they are late arriving in the morning or to a lesson.
The Academy works in partnership with the Education Welfare Service to ensure regular attendance from all of its students and to assist and support students and their families. If your child is not attending the Academy regularly, the absence has not been authorised by the Academy and there has been no improvement following the Academy's attempts to get an improvement, an Education Welfare Officer may visit you. This may result in legal action being taken.
Amendments to the 2006 regulations have removed references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that we may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.