RES is committed, in partnership with parents/carers, students, governors and the Local Authority to ensuring that students attend school regularly.
Students may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly. Safeguarding the interests of each child is everyone’s responsibility.
For students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and that they should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
Attendance over One School Year …. If a student had:
95% attendance = less than 10 days absent from school
90% attendance = 4 weeks absent from school
85% attendance = 5 ½ weeks absent from school
Students with over 95% attendance will be rewarded each half term
Attendance over 5 year (Years 7-11) …. If a student had:
85-90% attendance = having about half a year off school!
80% attendance = one whole school year missed!
Lateness: Students should be on time to school.
• The school day starts at 8:25am and registers are marked by 8:35am.
• When a student is late to school they must report to West Block and sign in. (Failure to register results in a detention)
• A note must be provided to explain the lateness.
• At 9.05am the registers will be closed. If a child arrives after that time they will receive be marked as unauthorised absence. A Penalty Notice may be issued if the problem persists.
Any absence affects learning and regular absence will seriously affect a students ability to get good grades:
If a student is absent from morning registration the school will telephone or text parent/carer on the first day of absence if we have not already heard from parent/carer. The school will continue to try and contact parents/carers if there is no response to the truancy call. Where there has been no response the Attendance Office will inform HOH/Tutors and if necessary Child Protection Officer. When truancy is confirmed, parents will be informed and asked to make contact with the student. Students that truant will receive a school sanction. The school will telephone or text parents every day of absence unless the school has been contacted by parents/carers to say that the students will not be attending.
Ten days of absence: Any pupil who is absent without an explanation for 10 consecutive days will be referred to Educational Welfare. If the absence exceeds 20 days, your child’s name will be removed from the school roll and you will have to reapply for a place upon your return.
Students leaving school during the day: Students are not allowed to leave the school site without prior permission from school. Parents/carers should make medical appointments outside school time. (Especially routine ones like dental check-ups and GP visits).
Parents need to send in a letter or note in the school planner the reason for any planned absence, the time of leaving, the expected return time and whether the student is being collected or will make their own way to their destination. Students must sign out on leaving the school and sign back in on their return. All students leaving with permission will be given written authorisation by the school in case of being stopped by Truancy Patrol.
Exceptional Leave of Absence:
There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time to go on holiday.
Leave of Absence in term time will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. All applications for leave must be written and made in advance using the schools leave of absence form. It is important that parents/carers understand the circumstances when leave in term time will not be agreed:
• When a pupil is just starting the school. This is very important as a child needs to settle into their new environment as quickly as possible.
• Immediately before and during assessment periods, GCSE or any other public examinations.
• When a pupil’s attendance record already includes any level of unauthorised absence.
• Where a pupil’s attendance rate is already below (95%) or will fall to or below that level as a result of taking holiday leave.
Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and the Educational Welfare Service will be informed. A Penalty Notice may be issued.
Penalty notices: (from September 2013)
The Education Welfare Service, acting on behalf of Surrey County Council may issue a Penalty Notice as an alternative to the prosecution of a parent/carer for their child’s unauthorised absence from school and requires the recipient to pay a fixed amount. The amount payable on issue of a Penalty Notice is £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days. If the Penalty Notice is not paid within 28 days, the Local Authority must prosecute the parent/carer for failing to ensure regular school attendance under Section 444 Education Act 1996. Each parent is liable to receive a Penalty Notice for each child.
The full Attendance Policy document is available from the school. We ask that you give us your full support to help us to maintain high standards of behaviour.