The Importance of Good Attendance

Under Section 36 of the Education Act 1994, parents of children of compulsory school age are required to ensure that they receive efficient full-time education, whether by regular school attendance or otherwise. Ivanhoe also acknowledges the significant impact attendance has on our students’ academic and personal success.

Our aims are:

  • To achieve a high level of attendance by all students in the school.
  • To ensure punctuality in arriving at school and at lessons.
  • To maximise the impact the college’s strategies for attendance and punctuality.

If attendance falls below 95% it will have a major impact on a child’s attainment and overall success in school. In light of this, parents and carers are asked to take steps to ensure your child attends school every day.

Absences soon mount up – see the impact of time off over one year:
 

Student Attendance % No# of Days Missed No# of Hours Lessons Missed
95 9 1/2 47
90 19 95
85 28 1/2 142
80 38 190
75 47 1/2 237

 

Reporting an Absence

Any absence should be reported to the Attendance Officer at school by 9.30am

Any daily student absence, for which no message has been received, will trigger a text alert to parents/carers to inform them of their child’s non-attendance.

Leave of Absence Including Holidays

New government guidelines, which came into effect on 1st September 2013, prevent Head Teachers from granting any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. For example, a leave of absence for a family holiday does not fall under the category of ‘exceptional circumstances’ and as such would be recorded as unauthorised.

As of August 2014 if your child has more than 5 days unauthorised absence for such things as holidays, Leicestershire County Council will be advised of this matter and may  issue Penalty Notices in line with their policy. Each parent/carer will each be fined £60 which must be paid within a 21 day period.

Appointments During School Time

Medical/dental appointments should be made outside of the normal school day. Where this is unavoidable the appointment card (or letter from parent/carer) should be shown to the Form Tutor no later than the previous school day, wherever possible. Alternatively, a message can be left on the absence line for the Attendance Officer.

If students arrive at school, from an appointment during the school day, they are expected to bring a note from the parents or carer. If they do not bring a note, the parent or carer will receive a telephone call.

 

To view the school full Attendance Policy click here

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