Attendance & Absence Procedures

If your child is absent from school please call 0161 975 8000 and press 1 for absence before 08.30am.

Children who attend 100% are 5 times more likely to work at, or above, the expected standard.


Being on time for the start of the academy day

  • All students should arrive on the academy site by 8.25am
  • Any student arriving between 8.30am and 9.30am will be marked as late.
  • Any student arriving after 9.30am will be marked as unauthorised late; this is when the academy closes its register.
  • Any student late for school will attend a 20 min detention in G1 at lunchtime failure to attend will result in the detention being upscaled.

You’ll find our attendance policy here

Regular school attendance – why it is so important

Going to school regularly is really important. Those who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work; which means they may not achieve the best they can in assessments and exams. This could affect their ability to get a go into further education, get an apprenticeship or a job. Students who don’t attend school regularly often have fewer friends and are more likely to feel unhappy. When you don’t come into school, you don’t just miss out on an education, you miss out on the fun social side too.

As a parent or carer you can help your child attend regularly by:

  • making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality
  • taking an interest in their education – ask about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities
  • discussing any problems they may have at school – inform their Head of Year or Year Manager about anything serious
  • not letting them take time off school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work
  • arranging appointments and outings after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays will help to prevent disruption to your child’s education and to the school

The school offer support to pupils and parents where attendance is a concern. The pastoral team provide a range of interventions and signposting to specialist support and advice should this be deemed appropriate. We can also offer Family Assessments and work closely with other agencies.


Illness

  • Should your child be too ill to attend the academy, please contact us on the first day of absence before 08.30am on 0161 975 8000. Please keep us informed of your child’s progress.
  • If you expect your child to be absent, please send in evidence of medication prescribed by your doctor or hospital.
  • If your child is to be off for 3 days or more (or where we have concerns for the child’s attendance) we will require a medical certificate from your GP or a stamped academy medical card stating your child is too ill to attend school. Medical cards can be obtained from the Attendance Team.
  • Telephone calls are made to every parent/carer of a student who is absent from the academy each morning. If we cannot make contact, a text message will be sent. A possible follow up home visit may be made.

Please note that medical appointments are still absences.

Medical appointments will affect your child’s attendance percentage if taken during school hours.

Every effort should be made to arrange appointments outside of school hours. We do appreciate that on occasion this will be unavoidable.

Students should attend school before and after their appointment. Most appointments do not justify a full day’s absence from school.


Celebrations

Whilst the academy embraces all faiths and cultures we also recognise the importance of education. Wherever possible we will try and accommodate all religious celebrations within our use of the flexible working day and prayer rooms. However, as with all leave of absence requests, these must be applied for in advance to the Principal. Absence without authorisation on these occasions may result in legal action.


Holiday leave in term time

We close for 70 days of holidays each academic year and we expect all parents/carers to take their family holidays whilst the academy is closed. If you’re wanting to take their child on a leave of absence from the academy, you should inform the Principal in writing, giving at least 10 days notice. The application will be looked at on an individual basis and you will be informed by letter of the outcome. However, it is highly unusual to grant a leave of absence during term time. Any holiday or leave taken without permission from the Principal will be unauthorised and legal action will be sought from the Local Authority.

Please find our Holiday Request Form here


Persistent absence

The academy works with students and their parents/carers when we have a concern over attendance. Persistent absence is when:

  • a student has below 90% attendance
  • a student has 5 days absence or 10 sessions (half days) in a 30 day period

Where we have concerns about your child’s attendance, you will be asked to attend a meeting with the Attendance Manager, LPSO or the Principal.

Penalty Notice Warnings are issued to parents/carers after 5 sessions of unauthorised absence