At Baysgarth School we believe that attendance is strongly linked to students' motivation and academic achievement. Poor attendance and punctuality threaten the rights of young people to an effective education. This Attendance and Punctuality Policy states the responsibility of the school, student and parent in securing good attendance and punctuality.
All members of Baysgarth School have a role to play in improving attendance and reducing absence.
Students are expected to:
• Attend school regularly and on time
• Be punctual to all lessons
• Ensure that they register for all timetabled lessons (including intervention and 1-1 sessions) and inform Student Support if they cannot be registered for any reason
• Ensure all messages and notes from parents/carers are taken to the appropriate place (as determined by each individual school).
Parents are expected to:
• Ensure their child attends regularly, punctually, dressed in full uniform and equipped to learn.
• Ensure their child attends every day the School is open unless they are too ill to do so.
• Avoid keeping their child away from school for any reason other than illness or other authorised explanation (see overleaf).
• Avoid arranging holidays during term time
• Immediately inform the Attendance Office or Student Support if their child is unable to attend before the start of the school day, including the reason for absence and expected date of return. If no indication of a return date has been given, parents/carers should contact the school on each day of absence.
• On a student's return to school an absence note should be written into a student's planner and signed
What do I do if my child is ill and cannot attend school?
Parents should immediately inform the Attendance Officer or Student Support if their child is unable to attend before the start of the school day if possible, including the reason for absence and expected date of return. If no indication of a return date has been given, parents/carers should contact the school on each day of absence. A note in the student's planner should be provided with details of the absence on their return signed by a parent or carer
What do I have to do if my child has a medical appointment during the school day?
Medical/dental and other appointments should be arranged out of school hours wherever possible. Where this is not possible, students should, where practically possible, come to school before the appointment, sign out and return to school after the appointment. Should the school require evidence of a medical appointment, a medical evidence letter will be sent to parents/carers.
I want to take my child on holiday during term time, what do I do?
Government Legislation now states that only exceptional circumstances warrant an authorised leave of absence, please refer to the Department for Education for the latest guidance as well as the school's attendance policy.
Parents/carers are strongly urged not to take students out of school for holidays during term time but if you feel that you do have exceptional circumstances and you have read the circumstances outlined within the school's attendance policy which will not be supported, then please complete a holiday request form at least 4 weeks in advance of the proposed absence. All factors that need to be considered must be stated on the request for and it should be handed to the attendance officer.
The Attendance Officer will then consider the circumstances and the school's decision will be communicated in writing to the parent/carer.