We want all children to enjoy coming to the Academy. Being at school every day sets important habits for later in their school career. The children are rewarded for full attendance each term with the presentation in Assembly of 100% Attendance Awards.
Of course we understand that children are sometimes ill. If your child is ill please let us know as soon as possible on the morning of the first day of absence that your child will not be at school. We operate a 'first contact' system and will contact you if we haven't heard why your child is not in school. This is to help us know that all our children are accounted for and are safe.
There are two possible types of absence - authorised and unauthorised. Absence is authorised in the case of illness, agreed religious observances and special circumstances. If we are not given any reason for the absence we cannot authorise it.
The Principal has the discretion to grant leave, but only under exceptional circumstances such as family crisis. In such circumstances a leave of absence form must be completed, giving details and supporting evidence, prior to the absence. Retrospective consent will not be given. An application form can be obtained from the school office prior to the absence. Leave of absence will not be granted for the purpose of a family holiday.
Any absence taken without the permission of the Principal will be recorded as unauthorised absence in the school register, which is a legal document. Penalty notices have been introduced under section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 as an alternative to prosecution, for failing to ensure your child's regular school attendance, and may be issued to parents/carers by the Local Authority where a child has at least 10 school sessions (half days recorded as unauthorised absence due to taking leave of absence in school term time.
Medicines in school
Inhalers should be handed to school staff for secure storage in the child's classroom. They are immediately accessible to children when required. Parents are asked to fill in a consent form .
Staff do not routinely give other medicines to children at school, as staff are not medically qualified. This is in line with the advice of their professional associations. Parents may come into school during the day to administer medicine to their children if necessary. Provision is made for children with medical needs with Health Care Plans agreed between school and parents.