Aspire to be More

Aspire to be More

Aspire to be More

Aspire to be More

Aspire to be More

Attendance

Attendance Officer: Mrs J Perry


Our School Day:

  9.00 am

  Arrival

  9.05  –  9.20 am

  Act of Worship / Registration

  9.20 – 11.20 am

  Lessons 1 and 2

  11.20 – 11.40 am

  Break

  11.40  – 12.40 pm

  Lesson 3

  12.40  –  2.10 pm

  Lesson 4 / Lunch break

  2.10 – 3.10 pm

  Lesson 5

  3.10 pm

  End of school day


Attendance is taken very seriously at St Thomas More Catholic Academy and we are working hard to help students achieve 100% attendance. We believe that;

  • Regular attendance promotes the effective and continuous learning of all students. 
  • Regular attendance promotes positive friendships and well-being.
  • Failing to attend school on a regular basis is a safeguarding matter.

Good habits of attendance and punctuality will assist to develop self-discipline and responsibility in preparation for future employment.

If you achieve 100% attendance - 190 days - you still have an amazing 175 days of holiday.

 

School Punctuality

Lateness = Lost Learning = Minutes amount to days

 

Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their son/daughter arrives at the school punctually. Students should arrive at the school for no later than 9.00am. The school offers Breakfast Club from 8am until 8.55am every morning.  Registration begins at 9.05am and form tutors electronically take the first register of the day. Students must report to the reception office to sign in if they arrive after 9.05am. Arriving after 9.05am without a legitimate reason will be recorded as a late mark. If a student needs to leave school early they need to bring a note to show to their form tutor; they must make sure they show the note to reception and sign out when they leave. The school will contact you if we have concerns about punctuality.

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Being late 10 minutes every day for one year is equal to 33 hours - approximately 6 days!

 

Reporting an Absence

If your child is unable to attend school you must:

  • Contact the school reception as soon as possible on the first day of absence, preferably before 9.00am. Please make sure you state your child’s name, form group and the reason for absence. Please speak clearly and spell any unusual names.

Or, you can call into school and report an absence to reception

  • Continue to notify the school every day that your child is absent.
  • Send a note in on the first day they return with an explanation of the absence – you must do this even if you have already telephoned us.
  • Provide a copy of the appointment card for doctor, hospital or dental appointments upon their return.

If your child is absent we will:

  • Telephone or email you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you;
  • Invite you in to discuss the situation with our Attendance Officer, Pastoral Manager and/or Head of Year if absences persist;
  • May refer the matter to the Educational Welfare Service if attendance moves towards or below 90%.

 

Good Attendance

What does your child's percentage attendance mean? Parents/carers often become confused about what good attendance is. As a school our target attendance percentage is 95%.

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Research has shown that 17 days absence in a year results in a drop of one grade at GCSE

Reasons for Absence

Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school (not by the parents/carers), as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED. This is why information about the cause of any absence is always required, preferably in writing.

If your child has a medical appointment and cannot return to school the same day we require a telephone call to explain the reasons.

Upon the students return to school we may meet with them for an attendance clinic to discuss if there are any issues which could be contributing to absences, any support the school can offer and if the student has caught up on the missed work.

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason and that are permitted under government guidelines like illness, medical/dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable cause. Medical and dental appointments, where possible, should be made for after school or during school holidays. The School understands that this isn’t always possible, however, students should attend school prior to or following a medical/dental appointment and avoid a full day’s absence.

Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no “leave" has been given. This type of absence can lead to the School and the Educational Welfare Service) using sanctions and/or legal proceedings.   This includes:

  • Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily
  • 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
  • Shopping, looking after other children or birthdays
  • Day trips and holidays

Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. A pupil who takes 10 days absence will only attain 94.7% attendance in the year. They will also miss 50 hours of education.  

There is NO entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time, however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.


As a school we actively discourage parents from taking their children out of school during term time as absences can have a negative effect on progress. 

Students do not have any entitlement to time off during term time for holidays. In line with DFE guidelines, the school will only authorise requests for leave during term time if it if felt that there are exceptional circumstances. Any other leave which is taken but not authorised by the school will be recorded as an unauthorised absence on a child’s attendance record. 

It is a legal requirement for parents/carers to obtain permission from the school before removing their child to take any leave during term time. Parents may be issued with a Penalty Notice if they take their children out of school for leave without prior authorisation. You can check the school term dates on our website (www.stmca.org.uk) to ensure you avoid booking holidays during term time. 

If a student does not attend school for a period of 20 consecutive days or more, and no reason if provided, or a holiday / leave is taken during term time, your child risks being taken taken off roll and therefore losing their place at St Thomas More Catholic Academy.


If you wish to request a leave of absence for your child you must complete the Request For Leave Of Absence form; this can be downloaded from the school website or collected from the school office. This form should be filled in and returned with a letter explaining why you need to take your child out of school. It should be returned to the Attendance Officer (Mrs Perry) at least 3 WEEKS before the first planned day of absence, where possible. The form will be given to the Headteacher, Mr Rayner. Requests will only be authorised where it is deemed there are exceptional circumstances. Evidence must be provided to demonstrate that this is an exceptional circumstance and all available evidence should be submitted at this point. If your request is rejected and your child is absent on the day(s) stated, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and a possible Penalty Notice maybe issued. 

We would like to remind parents and students of the importance of good attendance and its link to attainment. Attendance plays a vital role in student success. Government statistics show that a total absence of three weeks over the course of one year reduces your chances of achieving target grades by 20%. A total absence of five weeks reduces the chance of achieving target grades by a third! We would urge parents to think carefully about the impact extended absences can have on student progress and attainment. In the event that a period of absence is authorised for your child, they will be expected to catch up on any work they have missed.

Please find the application of leave here.


Holidays in Term Time

St Thomas More Catholic Academy will not authorise any family holiday during term-time unless there are very exceptional circumstances.

Taking holidays in term time will affect your son/daughter’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents/carers to help us by not taking children away in school time.

Remember that any savings you think you may make by taking a holiday in school time are offset by the cost to your child’s education.

There is no entitlement in law to time off in school time to go on holiday.

All applications for any absence must be made in advance. In making a decision the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually.

Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and may attract sanctions such as a Penalty Notice.

If a student does not attend school for a period of 20 consecutive days or more, and no reason if provided, or a holiday / leave is taken during term time, your child risks being taken taken off roll and therefore losing their place at St Thomas More Catholic Academy.


Promoting Attendance

Staff and Students at St Thomas More Catholic Academy are fully aware of the expectations surrounding attendance.

Regular assemblies take place in school highlighting the importance of attendance.

Weekly attendance figures are given for each form and each individual student.

Rewards are given for excellent, good and improved attendance.

Rewards are given to forms groups for achieving the best attendance.

Informative displays regarding attendance in school are clearly visible for students within school.

 

Attendance

Attendance Officer: Mrs J Perry


Our School Day:

  9.00 am

  Arrival

  9.05  –  9.20 am

  Act of Worship / Registration

  9.20 – 11.20 am

  Lessons 1 and 2

  11.20 – 11.40 am

  Break

  11.40  – 12.40 pm

  Lesson 3

  12.40  –  2.10 pm

  Lesson 4 / Lunch break

  2.10 – 3.10 pm

  Lesson 5

  3.10 pm

  End of school day


Attendance is taken very seriously at St Thomas More Catholic Academy and we are working hard to help students achieve 100% attendance. We believe that;

  • Regular attendance promotes the effective and continuous learning of all students. 
  • Regular attendance promotes positive friendships and well-being.
  • Failing to attend school on a regular basis is a safeguarding matter.

Good habits of attendance and punctuality will assist to develop self-discipline and responsibility in preparation for future employment.

If you achieve 100% attendance - 190 days - you still have an amazing 175 days of holiday.

 

School Punctuality

Lateness = Lost Learning = Minutes amount to days

 

Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their son/daughter arrives at the school punctually. Students should arrive at the school for no later than 9.00am. The school offers Breakfast Club from 8am until 8.55am every morning.  Registration begins at 9.05am and form tutors electronically take the first register of the day. Students must report to the reception office to sign in if they arrive after 9.05am. Arriving after 9.05am without a legitimate reason will be recorded as a late mark. If a student needs to leave school early they need to bring a note to show to their form tutor; they must make sure they show the note to reception and sign out when they leave. The school will contact you if we have concerns about punctuality.

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Being late 10 minutes every day for one year is equal to 33 hours - approximately 6 days!

 

Reporting an Absence

If your child is unable to attend school you must:

  • Contact the school reception as soon as possible on the first day of absence, preferably before 9.00am. Please make sure you state your child’s name, form group and the reason for absence. Please speak clearly and spell any unusual names.

Or, you can call into school and report an absence to reception

  • Continue to notify the school every day that your child is absent.
  • Send a note in on the first day they return with an explanation of the absence – you must do this even if you have already telephoned us.
  • Provide a copy of the appointment card for doctor, hospital or dental appointments upon their return.

If your child is absent we will:

  • Telephone or email you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you;
  • Invite you in to discuss the situation with our Attendance Officer, Pastoral Manager and/or Head of Year if absences persist;
  • May refer the matter to the Educational Welfare Service if attendance moves towards or below 90%.

 

Good Attendance

What does your child's percentage attendance mean? Parents/carers often become confused about what good attendance is. As a school our target attendance percentage is 95%.

pastedGraphic_3.png

Research has shown that 17 days absence in a year results in a drop of one grade at GCSE

Reasons for Absence

Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school (not by the parents/carers), as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED. This is why information about the cause of any absence is always required, preferably in writing.

If your child has a medical appointment and cannot return to school the same day we require a telephone call to explain the reasons.

Upon the students return to school we may meet with them for an attendance clinic to discuss if there are any issues which could be contributing to absences, any support the school can offer and if the student has caught up on the missed work.

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason and that are permitted under government guidelines like illness, medical/dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable cause. Medical and dental appointments, where possible, should be made for after school or during school holidays. The School understands that this isn’t always possible, however, students should attend school prior to or following a medical/dental appointment and avoid a full day’s absence.

Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no “leave" has been given. This type of absence can lead to the School and the Educational Welfare Service) using sanctions and/or legal proceedings.   This includes:

  • Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily
  • 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
  • Shopping, looking after other children or birthdays
  • Day trips and holidays

Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. A pupil who takes 10 days absence will only attain 94.7% attendance in the year. They will also miss 50 hours of education.  

There is NO entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time, however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.


As a school we actively discourage parents from taking their children out of school during term time as absences can have a negative effect on progress. 

Students do not have any entitlement to time off during term time for holidays. In line with DFE guidelines, the school will only authorise requests for leave during term time if it if felt that there are exceptional circumstances. Any other leave which is taken but not authorised by the school will be recorded as an unauthorised absence on a child’s attendance record. 

It is a legal requirement for parents/carers to obtain permission from the school before removing their child to take any leave during term time. Parents may be issued with a Penalty Notice if they take their children out of school for leave without prior authorisation. You can check the school term dates on our website (www.stmca.org.uk) to ensure you avoid booking holidays during term time. 

If a student does not attend school for a period of 20 consecutive days or more, and no reason if provided, or a holiday / leave is taken during term time, your child risks being taken taken off roll and therefore losing their place at St Thomas More Catholic Academy.


If you wish to request a leave of absence for your child you must complete the Request For Leave Of Absence form; this can be downloaded from the school website or collected from the school office. This form should be filled in and returned with a letter explaining why you need to take your child out of school. It should be returned to the Attendance Officer (Mrs Perry) at least 3 WEEKS before the first planned day of absence, where possible. The form will be given to the Headteacher, Mr Rayner. Requests will only be authorised where it is deemed there are exceptional circumstances. Evidence must be provided to demonstrate that this is an exceptional circumstance and all available evidence should be submitted at this point. If your request is rejected and your child is absent on the day(s) stated, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and a possible Penalty Notice maybe issued. 

We would like to remind parents and students of the importance of good attendance and its link to attainment. Attendance plays a vital role in student success. Government statistics show that a total absence of three weeks over the course of one year reduces your chances of achieving target grades by 20%. A total absence of five weeks reduces the chance of achieving target grades by a third! We would urge parents to think carefully about the impact extended absences can have on student progress and attainment. In the event that a period of absence is authorised for your child, they will be expected to catch up on any work they have missed.

Please find the application of leave here.


Holidays in Term Time

St Thomas More Catholic Academy will not authorise any family holiday during term-time unless there are very exceptional circumstances.

Taking holidays in term time will affect your son/daughter’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents/carers to help us by not taking children away in school time.

Remember that any savings you think you may make by taking a holiday in school time are offset by the cost to your child’s education.

There is no entitlement in law to time off in school time to go on holiday.

All applications for any absence must be made in advance. In making a decision the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually.

Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and may attract sanctions such as a Penalty Notice.

If a student does not attend school for a period of 20 consecutive days or more, and no reason if provided, or a holiday / leave is taken during term time, your child risks being taken taken off roll and therefore losing their place at St Thomas More Catholic Academy.


Promoting Attendance

Staff and Students at St Thomas More Catholic Academy are fully aware of the expectations surrounding attendance.

Regular assemblies take place in school highlighting the importance of attendance.

Weekly attendance figures are given for each form and each individual student.

Rewards are given for excellent, good and improved attendance.

Rewards are given to forms groups for achieving the best attendance.

Informative displays regarding attendance in school are clearly visible for students within school.