At High Crags Academy, we believe that attending school regularly is important to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for all of our children. Everyone in our whole school community takes responsibility for attendance. Attending school regularly means:
· Children can make the most of their education, improving their chances in adult life.
· Children will develop their social skills, such as making and keeping friendships.
· A regular and punctual attendance pattern will help children when they enter the world of work.
The Academy has an attendance target of 97% and the biggest barrier to achieving our target is holidays taken during term time.
We ask that holidays are only booked during the academy holiday periods.
We do not authorise term time absences and adhere to government and local authority guidelines with regard to Fixed Penalty Notices.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and carers that:
· school starts at 08:55am
· the school gates are open from 08:45am
· registers close 30 minutes after the start of the session
· if your child arrives after the start of the session but before the register closes they will be issued with a late mark.
· after the close of registers the mark will be U which is an unauthorised absence and will affect your child’s overall attendance.
· poor attendance may result in prosecution under Section 444 of The Education Act 1996.
· Going to school unprepared can be a major worry for children - help them by checking school bags the night before, packing P.E. bags and keeping an eye on their homework.
· Tired children aren't punctual and find it hard to learn, so ensure your child has a sensible bed time.
· Help them get into a regular routine and set an alarm at the same time every morning.
· Make time for breakfast there will be no stop off at the shops where they can get side tracked on the way to school.
· Children can become unsettled if they have to go into school late and without their friends.
· Have a memory board at home for special trips activities to help remind you and help them remember to prepare for it.
· Try to be strict on absences and show your child that attending school is a priority to you and key to their success
The Academy constantly monitors the registers and will intervene with all cases below 97% or if lateness is becoming a barrier to progress or welfare. Attendance which is below 90% is deemed by the government as Persistently Absent and can result in prosecution.
Details of our rewards system are below as well as the process to support parents and carers where attendance is below expectations. We hope that all of our pupils will achieve the attendance rewards on offer but we also recognise that in a few cases, despite significant support from school, attendance might not improve. In these cases it is important for all parents and carers to be aware of the process and the possible consequences.
We reward good attendance in a variety of ways:
Each week, children have their attendance monitored in preparation for Friday’s assembly. In the assembly, class attendance percentages will be shared and the class with the highest will have their name put into a draw box. At the end of the year we will make a draw from this box and the winning class will be taken on an educational visit of their choice provided by the school.
Individual children will also be able to receive a variety of rewards. This system has been designed to encourage high attendance however even when a pupil has been absent they will still be able to access the attendance rewards system at some level as we recognise that there needs to be some incentive for improving attendance even after a period of absence, so we have the “Most Improved” attendance rewards as well as the 97% and above rewards.
As a school attendance is really important to us, however we can not improve this on our own. Our pastoral team are really supportive and welcome all parents and carers to contact them if there are any difficulties. There are so many things we can do to help so please keep talking to us.