What to do if your child is poorly

  • If your child is poorly, you must phone into the academy on each day of illness and write or send medical evidence such as a hospital appointment or doctors note.
  • If your child has got a health problem such as asthma, epilepsy, diabetes or suffers from allergies, there is no reasons your child cannot come to the academy and enjoy a normal everyday academy life like other children.
  • Most health problems can be managed within the academy with help; just ask your attendance manager for support.

What if your child’s attendance drops?

  • If your child is off school and you do not ring the office to report the absence you will receive a call from our attendance manager or our attendance administrator.
  • If your child is absent from school for more than three days, you will receive a phone call home or a home visit to see if any support is required.
  • If your child’s attendance drops below 96%, it will be monitored closely.
  • If your child’s attendance falls below 90%, they will be recognised as a persistent absentee and may be reported to the local authority.

Actions that could be taken

  • Home visits conducted by the pastoral team.
  • Letters regarding attendance will be sent home to advise you of further action.
  • A formal attendance contract meeting will be arranged in school.
  • If there is still no improvement your case could be passed to the local authority for possible prosecution; this could result in a fine or a prison sentence.

The world is run by those who turn up

Days attended per week Attendance % Amount of time missed per year
School every day 100%
4½ days 90% 4 weeks
4 days 80% More than half a term
3½ days 70% More than a quarter of the school year
  • An average attendance of 80% or less across a child’s school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school.
  • Being late for school reduces learning time.
  • If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss three days of learning each year.
  • If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss 2 weeks of learning each year.