Attendance, Punctuality and Absence

We take attendance and its link to attainment very seriously at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy and expect all students to be reaching an attendance target of at least 95%.

It is a Parents/Carers responsibility to ensure their child attends the Academy regularly and on time.  Whilst we appreciate that sometimes absence is unavoidable, due to illness, any medical appointments or holidays taken during term time will impact on your child’s attendance and in turn their attainment.  It is proven that attainment is connected to good attendance, missing crucial time at the Academy could have an impact on any exams that your child may be taking, remember that one day’s absence is 5 lessons missed, one week’s absence is 25 lessons missed.  This is valuable learning time that cannot be given back.  Your child misses out every time they are absent from the Academy, so consider this and make medical or dental appointments outside of Academy hours where possible. A change to regulations effective from 1st September 2013 means that students cannot be granted leave of absence during term time.

Punctuality

The academy day starts at 08.40am. All students should be in their classroom at this time. Registers are marked by 08.45am Students will receive a late mark if they are not in their classroom by this time.

Students are expected to attend every day and on time. We take punctuality very seriously at the academy therefore any student arriving to the academy or lessons late are monitored via our Attendance Team, Heads of Year, Form Tutors and/or subject staff (as appropriate) and a hierarchy of sanctions are used dependent on the persistence/severity of the lateness.

Families will be informed if their child is late to school via our automated messaging service.

Attendance and Prosecution service (APS)

The Academy works in partnership with the Attendance and Prosecution Service to ensure regular attendance from all of its students and to assist and support students and their families.  If your child is not attending the Academy regularly, the absence has not been authorised by the Academy and there has been no improvement following the Academy’s attempts to get an improvement, an Attendance & Prosecution Officer may visit you.  This may result in legal action being taken.

Absence – Leave of absence during term time

We require parents/carers to observe the term times of the academy. Amendments to the 2006 regulations have removed references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that we may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

The amendments to these regulations mean that from 1st September 2013 Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Exceptional circumstances do not include family holidays, visiting relatives or friends, to be a spectator at sporting or other events, looking after unwell family members, baby sitting younger family members, birthdays or shopping etc

If parents/carers choose to take their child out of school during term time without leave of absence being granted then it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence on the school register.

If parents/carers consider that a ‘request for leave of absence’ during term time is for ‘exceptional circumstances’ then a written request should be made to the Assistant Vice Principal (Pastoral)  Each request will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the Principal.

If term time leave is not granted, taking a student out of the academy will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. As part of a revised Academy policy, we will make a referral to the Attendance & Prosecution Service for pupils who take unauthorised leave of ten days or more. Such a referral may lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued. Parents/carers who fail to ensure their child’s regular attendance can be fined £60 (per parent, per child). If the payment is not made within 21 days this increases to £120.