Rationale

The school recognises that high attendance and punctuality rates from its pupils are not only a legal requirement but also considered of paramount importance by prospective employers.  Attendance and punctuality rates must therefore be accurately monitored and strategies implemented to stimulate them.

Definition of Good Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance and punctuality is considered good when pupils achieve attendance and punctuality rates of 95% and over.

Purposes of an Attendance and Punctuality Policy

• to accurately monitor the attendance and punctuality rate of pupils •to improve pupil attendance and punctuality rates •to identify pupils whose attendance and/or punctuality rates are poor and implement strategies to   bring about their improvement
•to provide incentive for pupils to improve their attendance and punctuality rates
•to identify and address causes of poor attendance (e.g. curricular or seasonal)
•to ensure pupils do not fall into Persistent Absence category

Principles

•all aspects of school life influence pupil attendance rates
•pupils should recognise the importance of good attendance and punctuality and set their own   standards and targets
•the promotion of good attendance and punctuality rates is the responsibility of all staff and   strategies to bring about improvement must be consistently applied
•the legal requirements for recording and reporting attendance must be met

Guidelines

1 .Parents should be aware of their statutory obligation and understand what constitutes  authorised absence
2. Attendance registers must be kept at the beginning of each morning and at the start and end of each afternoon session and comply with current legal requirements
3. Group registers should be taken at the start of each lesson to deter and identify incidents of absconding
4. The distinction between authorised and unauthorised absence should be clearly understood by pupils
5. Notes from parents must be produced to explain absences
6. A first day response system operates to seek explanations for absence in the first instance. This can be a text message, telephone call and/or home visit.  Letters are sent to parents for absences that remain unexplained.  If this fails the case must be referred to the Home School Liaison Officer.
7. Each Progress Leader will, with the Home School Liaison Officer meet on a weekly basis to review attendance.
8. PENALTY  NOTICE PROCEEDINGS
Penalty Notices for absence from school can be issued by the Attendance and Welfare Service based on requests from schools.
The following  circumstances are considered appropriate as reasons for the issuing of Penalty Notices:
• Excessive holidays in term time
• Excessive delayed return from extended holidays
• Poor attendance
• Poor punctuality
• Payment of a penalty within 28 days of receipt of the notice is £60.  Payment after this time, but  within 42 days of receipt of the notice is £120, [The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012]
9. Pupils must explain all instances of late arrival

10. Pupils who arrive late to school will be kept in during break to make up ‘lost time’  Pupils who are persistently late will have a supervised lunch break with a member of staff.

11. Parents/Carers will be text each day if their child/ward arrives late

12. Parents/carers will be text at the end of each week with the cumulative amount of time missed due to poor punctuality, with the view of addressing this.

13.  A combination of good attendance and punctuality will be rewarded through a cumulative system of awards as part of the behaviour project.
14. Attendance and punctuality will be closely monitored.   Pupils with poor attendance and punctuality records will be offered mentoring.
15. The following re-introduction programme will operate for pupils returning after long term absence:  a) Consultation between the Year Head, pupil and the relevant bodies  b) A programme of re-introduction, involving close monitoring  c) Short term pupil goals and targets

Conclusion

The school seeks to achieve good attendance and punctuality rates from all its pupils.  It aims to achieve this through careful accurate monitoring and strategies designed to bring about improvement.

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