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Attendance and Punctuality Summary of Policy Aims Thomas Deacon Academy aims to maximise the achievement of all our students. A minimum of 90% and a good punctuality record are expected to enable students to fulfil their potential. The school aims to work in partnership with students, parents, carers or guardians and the local authority to achieve this target. What are the school’s responsibilities? All teachers are expected to set a good example to students by always being punctual and have a good attendance record themselves. Teaching staff will provide an interesting, varied and engaging curriculum and keep accurate records of attendance for all lessons taught. Teachers will set appropriate work, as required, during periods of absence and help students return to learning after periods of absence. Tutors will monitor messages from parents via the student planner and pass all absence notes to administrators .College administrators will contact home whenever absence is unexplained and discuss any concerns with tutors and Student Achievement Leaders. College administrators will communicate with parents in response to requests for compassionate leave, though the school only authorises absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. The school will also issue 100% attendance certificates and report summaries of attendance on written reports that are sent home twice a year, though attendance rates are available via e-portal. What are parent’s responsibilities? Parents and carers or guardians are expected to send the student to school in good time to start lessons at 8.45 am and be equipped and dressed appropriately for learning. They should contact the home college by 9am of the first day of absence to explain the absence and provide a written note on their return. They should notify the academy in advance of any known absence but must put any requests for absence for compassionate reasons in writing to the College Leader. Parents should not take students out of school during term time as it seriously affects their progress and will result in unauthorised absence on the student’s record and could lead to a student losing their place at the school. What is the student responsible for? The student is also responsible for being dressed and equipped for learning at the beginning of every lesson and to catch up with any missed work due to absence from school. If the student arrives late for period one, s/he should register in the home college. If there is a good reason for an individual lesson being missed, it must be with the written or email permission of a member of staff and the student should formally seek permission as a matter of courtesy in advance. This applies particularly to trips and sports fixtures. What rewards and sanctions are there? Students who attend 100% of the time will receive certificates to acknowledge this. Colleges will also issue certificates to students who make improvements in attendance and record positive events which lead to vouchers as rewards every two terms. Each lateness to school results in a 30 minute detention. On the third occasion of being late, this becomes a 90 minute College detention and the student is placed onto report. On the fourth occasion, the student is placed into isolation, the parents are required to attend a meeting and the student is placed onto a punctuality report for a term. On the fifth occasion there is a pre-SAM meeting to investigate fully all circumstances around the student’s attendance and to warn parents about their legal obligations with regard to attendance and punctuality. Louise Moir Director of Learning 15-19 April 2011
"Attendance and Punctuality Policy April 2011 SUMMARY"