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Attendance Update July 2020

Following the closure of schools in March 2020 the majority of Ivanhoe students have continued their learning remotely. Each student will have had a different experience with home learning and inevitably there will be gaps in learning that will need to be addressed.

In addition, students have missed out on the opportunities normally available to them in school both in classroom learning, extra-curricular and social development therefore it is vital that students have the highest possible attendance going forward.

We are sensitive to individual cases and expect students and parents to follow all guidance relating to Covid-19 in order that all of our students and school community are kept safe.

Prior to school closure Ivanhoe students shave made excellent progress in attendance and were on a trajectory to complete the year with an average school attendance of 95%. A significant improvement on last year and very much closer to the target of 96%. Research has proven that attendance above 96% has direct impact on GCSE examination results.


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:

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

If your child is taken out of school for a holiday in term time without agreement of the school or in excess of that agreed, the school will notify Leicestershire County Council who may issue a Penalty Notice.  Penalty Notices are issued per parent per child at £120 each (discounted to £60 if paid within 21 days) if no payment is received, the Local Authority will refer the case directly to the Magistrates Court for the purposes of a criminal prosecution.

Appointments During School Time

Medical/dental appointments should be made outside of the normal school day. Where this is not possible a note and appointment card should be sent to the school. Students must attend school before and after the appointment wherever possible.

Prior notice of apppointments should be made 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

If you have any questions regarding your child's attendance, or requests for absence, please contact our Family Liaison and Attendance Officer; Fiona Pennington on 01530 412756 ext 253, or email: f.pennington@ivanhoe.co.uk.

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