Attendance Matters!

At The 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. Please refer to our Attendance & Punctuality Policy here.

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. Parents/Carers are kept regularly informed of their children’s attendance via termly reports sent home.

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

We have a 3 tier reward system for attendance:
• Cumulative 100% attendance every term is rewarded by The Big Breakfast.
• Yearly 100% attendance is celebrated and rewarded at the beginning of the new academic year for the previous academic year.
• The ‘Most Improved’ attendance award is a new award and is celebrated and rewarded at the beginning of the new academic year for the previous year. 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.

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please inform us:
1. Text - download the MyEd App (receive and send free texts from school and have instant access to the school website for up to date news and information)
2. Telephone - 01782 948250, option 2
Please remember you need to contact school every day your child is absent. If your child is absent for 5 or more days, we will carry out a Safe and Well Check as detailed in our attendance and punctuality policy as we have a duty of care to all children to make sure they are safe and well.

Leave of Absence during Term Time
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. Where a child does not reside with both parents, it is the responsibility of the parent making the request to inform the other parent, and of the possibility of a Fixed Penalty Notice if the absence is not deemed as an exceptional circumstance. We 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 The Educational Welfare Service is notified of all leave of absence requests.

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