Attendance

When does my child need to be in school?

Your child should be in school in plenty of time for registration. They are expected to be in school by 8.20am so that they arrive on time at their tutor base for registration which takes place at 8.30am. If they arrive at the Academy later than 8.25, then they will not have time to walk to tutor for a settled start.

What happens if my child is late?

If your child is late to school without a valid reason, they will receive a detention from their tutor which will be completed that day. You will be contacted by the Attendance Officer and informed of any persistent lateness. If your child is still persistently late without good reason you could be sent a fixed penalty notice which will incur a fine of £60 per parent/carer.

If your child arrives at school between 8.30 and 8.50 they will sign in at the student entrance and will receive a detention. Those who arrive at 8.50 onwards will sign in at reception. Reception will then inform Heads of Years and Attendance Officer.

What are the procedures for absence?

If your child is absent you must:

  • Contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence;
  • You must contact the school each day the child is absent;
  • Send a note in with your child explaining the absence on the first day they return. Your child should hand this in to their tutor.

If your child is absent we will:

  • Contact you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you;
  • Contact you regularly if absences persist;
  • Include your child on the Attendance Monitoring Programme if their attendance is causing concern;
  • Undertake home visits;
  • Invite you to discuss the situation with our Attendance Officer.

Does the school need letters explaining my child’s absence or will a phone call do?

We would expect a parent/carer to telephone the Academy as early as possible on the first day of absence (02476 589 000). However, we will still need a written explanation on your child’s return to the Academy.

What can I do to help my child achieve good attendance?

  • Ensure regular and early bedtimes.
  • Have uniform and equipment prepared the night before.
  • Report any academic or social concerns promptly.
  • Keep open and honest communication with the Academy.
  • Be positive about school (even if your own experience was less than positive).
  • Discuss your child’s timetable/lessons with them each evening.

Why is it important to have up to date phone numbers?

There are times when we have to contact parents/carers about things, including absence, so it is very important that we have your contact number at all times. Providing up-to-date contact details is a legal obligation of parents/ carers.

My child is avoiding coming to school. What should I do?

There are occasions when children choose to avoid school. Reasons such as difficulties with school work, bullying, friendship problems or family difficulties can cause young people to worry and they may think that not attending school will solve the problem.

All of the staff at Grace Academy pride themselves on being able to build positive relationships with students and parents/carers. We want your child to have the best possible experience here so that they can reach their full potential. It is important that we identify the reason for their reluctance to attend school and work together to solve the problem. If a problem does arise, you should contact your child’s tutor in the first instance.

Attendance Facts

90% in a test is a good score; 90% attendance isn’t – it’s the same as having nearly 4 weeks off school a year!
See the grid below for other percentages and look at how much time off per year it adds up to:

Attendance Percentage Number of Sessions Missed Equivalent Number of Days Missed Equivalent Number of Weeks Missed Equivalent Number of Lessons Missed
100% 0 0 0 0
95% 19 2 60
90% 38 19 4 114
85% 57 28½ 6 171
80% 76 38 8 228
75% 95 47½ 285
70% 114 57 11½ 342

Achievement Impact

17 days of absence = 1 GCSE grade dropped (on average).

This means that if you are on the border of a grade D-C, B-A, A-A* and you only have 95% attendance, then your grades could be pulled down just because you did not attend school!

17 school days missed = 91.1% attendance for the year
34 school days missed = 82.1% attendance for the year

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Percentage Attendance

GOOD WORRYING SERIOUS CONCERN
Best chance to succeed More difficult to make progress Very difficult to make progress
Celebrate Success Possible COURT ACTION