Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Attendance and Punctuality

The Academy is committed to encouraging pupils to attend school regularly.  We work with parents and pupils to secure this aim.

  • Academy gates open each day at 8.45am (Anyone arriving after 8.55am must bring their child to the office to sign in late).
  • Children arriving after 9.30am will receive a code that represents they have arrived after the register has been closed. 
  • Parents/Carers MUST telephone the school before 9.20am on the first day their child is not attending school due to illness, and each subsequent day thereafter (unless a time of absence can be given on first day of illness eg:chickenpox).
  • Failure to report illness before 9.20am on each day will result in unathorised absence. FIVE days unauthorised absence or more will be reported to the Education Attendance Service.
  • Unauthorised absence could result in a fine and possible court proceedings.
  • We reward our children for attendance.
  • The school day finishes at 3.30pm

Reward System

Bronze = 6 weeks 100% attendance and punctuality

Silver   = 10 weeks 100% attendance and punctuality

Gold     = 20 weeks 100% attendance and punctuality

 

Any child who receives all three badges will be rewarded with a school trip in July.

School Absence

It is very important children attend school. Research shows that one lesson missed, can have an affect on student attainment and achievement.  

Final Attendance for the year Equal to days absent      Equal to weeks absent
95% 9 days 2 weeks
90% 19 days 4 weeks
85% 29 days 6 weeks
80% 38 days 8 weeks
75% 48 days 10 weeks
70% 57 days 11.5 weeks
65% 67 days 13.5 weeks

 

Pupils are required to attend school for 190 days each year

Our whole school target for attendance is at least 97.0%

Legal Guidance

Information for Parents

Section 23(1) Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2007

Penalty notices may be issued to the parent of pupils who have unauthorised absence from school.  The amount of the penalty is £60

  • If this is not paid within 28 days the amount rises to £120.
  • If not paid within 42 days the Local Authority may prosecute under section 444(1) unless it comes to our attention that the penalty notice has been issued in error.

Section 444(1) Education Act 1996:

"If you are the parent of a child of compulsory school age who fails to attend school regularly, you are guilty of an offence."

  • The court can fine each parent up to £1,000 per child, order payment of the prosecution costs and/or make a Parenting Order.

Section 444(1A) Education Act 1996:

"If in the above circumstances you, the parent, know that your child is failing to attend regularly at the school and fail without reasonable justification to cause him/her to attend, you are guilty of an offence."

  • The court can fine you up to £2,500 per child and/or sentence you to a period of imprisonment of up to 3 months, and order payment of the prosecution costs.

Please note that:

  • Penalties and prosecution are in respect of each parent for each child
  • 'Parent' includes any person who is not a parent of the child but who has parental responsibility for the child (and applies whether or not that person lives with the child) or who has care of him/her.

These prosecutions are criminal proceedings and could result in you having a criminal record.

Leave in Term Time

Leaving in Term Time - Legal Guidance for Parents/ Carers

It is essential for children to be in school regularly to benefit fully from their educational opportunties.  Good attendance will ensure that children can reach their full potential.  To achieve this, children need to attend school every day.  We are sure you would not jeopardise your children's academic progress by taking them away during term time.

The importance of school attendance is such the law has now changed and Head teachers/Principal's may now only grant leave in term time where the circumstances are exceptional.  This is in line with Birmingham Local Authority's 'Leave in term time guidance' and the 2013 Amendment to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations.

For example:

  • death of parent/carer or sibling of the pupil
  • life threatening or critical illness of parent or sibling of the pupil
  • parent/carer recuperation and convalescence from critical illness or surgery (leave request to be made within 6 months of recovery and medical evidence required)

Family emergencies need careful consideration.  It is not always in the best interest of the child; nor appropriate for them to miss school for family emergencies that are being dealt with by adult family members.  Being at school, friendships and support from staff can provide a safe and familiar background during times of uncertainty.

If you have exceptional circumstances which have lead you to request leave in term time for your child/ren, please complete the requires form, which you can obtain from School.  The Head Teacher/ Principal will then make a decision on whether or not the leave can be lawfully authorised and will do so only if there is a genuine, exceptional and urgent reason for a child to be absent during term time.

If a child is taken out of school without the Head Teachers/ Principals authorisation, it will be recorded as unauthorised absence.  This may lead to the issuing of a penalty notice and legal action being taken.

Section 23 (1) Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2007:

Penalty notices may be issued to the parent of pupils who have unauthorised absence from school.  The amount of the penalty is £60.

  • If this is not paid within 21 days the amount rises to £120
  • If not paid within 28 days the Local Authority will prosecute under section 444(1) unless it comes to our attention that the penalty notice had been issued in error.

Section 444(1) Education Act 1996:

"If you are the parent of a child of compulsory school age who fails to attend school regularly, you are guilty of an offence."

The court can fine each parent £1,000 per child, order payment of the prosecution costs and/or make a Parenting Order.

Please note that:

  • penalties and prosecutions are in respect of each parent for each child.
  • 'Parent' includes any person who is not a parent of the child but who has parental responsibility for the child (and applies whether or not that person lives with the child) or who has care of him/her.

These prosecutions are criminal proceedings and could result in you having a criminal record.

If you feel that your child/children needs leave in term time please download and complete the following document.