At Kidsgrove Secondary School, we are committed to working together with pupils, parents and the community to ensure all children receive the best education possible, enabling them to make progress and do as well as they can. Our new attendance and punctuality policy includes procedural referral agreements that are designed to promote and safeguard the welfare of pupils. All our policies are available on the school website.
Missing school means missing out. Children should be in school, on time and ready to learn every day school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable. If a pupil of compulsory school age is absent, every half day absence has to be classified by school as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED. Only school can authorise the absence, not parents. We require information about the cause of each absence every day a pupil is off.
Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for good reason like illness. If a child’s absence is subject to medical evidence, this will be needed by school to authorise absence for illness.
Unauthorised absences are those where staff at school do not consider reasonable and for which no ‘leave’ has been given. These are an offence by the parent(s) and include:
· Keeping children off school without a good reason
· Truancy before or during the school day
· Absences which have never been properly explained
· Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark
· School refusal
· Taking holidays in term time that have not been authorised by the Head of School
Parents/Carers are kept regularly informed of their children’s attendance via termly reports sent home.
We have a 3 tier reward system for attendance:
· Cumulative 100% attendance every term is rewarded with The Big Breakfast.
· Yearly 100% attendance is celebrated at the beginning of the new academic year for the previous academic year; rewards are Potteries Vouchers.
· This is a new reward for those with the ‘Most Improved’ attendance. This is celebrated at the beginning of the new academic year for the previous academic year; rewards are Potteries Vouchers. We recognise that sometimes, it is not possible to attend every day. For example if a pupil is in hospital due to ill health. When this is the case, we recognise the effort and commitment when returning to school.
Leave of Absence During Term Time
We strive to achieve high levels of attendance for our pupils, in order to maximize every child’s educational opportunities. Consequently, we hope every student can achieve 95% or more school attendance over the academic year.
As a result of new guidance, enforced from 1st January 2018, Head teachers only are now permitted to authorise any leave of absence when a request has been made in advance and it is felt to be for an exceptional circumstance (NB the “annual family holiday would not be deemed as an exceptional circumstance”).
Parents/carers should complete a ‘Request for Leave during Term Time’ form available from the Attendance Office. We would strongly recommend that this is done before planning any leave of absence. The new law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Further information can be obtained from www.dfe.gov.uk. The Educational Welfare Service is notified of all leave of absence requests.
We would like to thank parents/carers for their continued support and maintaining the high standards of appearance of the pupils, their punctuality and attendance.
If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please inform us using one of the following options:
· MyEd App (our text messaging service)
· Telephone: 01782 948250, option 2
Please remember you need to contact school every day your child is absent.
If your child is absent for 3 or more days, we will carry out a Safe and Well Check as detailed in our attendance and punctuality policy - we have a duty of care to all children to make sure they are safe and well.