Attendance

The Academy attendance target is 96%.

With your help we can reach our target!

It is vital that your child attends the Academy regularly in order to learn and progress.  Every lesson is important which means that every day your son or daughter is absent has the potential to damage their achievement and affect their future.

Why is 96% attendance important?

Low attendance leads to underachievement.  Studies have shown that missing 17 Academy days per year costs a student 1 grade in each of their GCSE subjects. 17 days is equivalent to an attendance rate of 91.2%.  Of students who miss less than 5% of school, 73 per cent achieve 5 A*- C GCSE’s including English and maths.

Students with a higher % of attendance will simply achieve higher overall GCSE grades. Poor attendance can make the difference between a pass or a fail, or being accepted onto their chosen college course or not. Attendance below 95% is a concern.

The Impact

Take a typical student in Year 7 with an attendance rate of 90%. What does this mean?

90% would normally sound like a success when applied to an exam but when considering attendance it is equivalent of missing ½ a day off every week. An employer would regard this as part time!

If a Year 11 student had an average attendance rate of 90%, this would be equivalent to missing half a year off school.

Missing school has a huge effect on students success. Students should only be absent when it is completely unavoidable.

Legal Framework

Missing school for a family holiday will have huge impact on your child’s learning. Students who miss two weeks of school will miss 50 periods of learning and will never be able to make up that time.

Under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996, “parents are responsible for ensuring that a child, of compulsory school age, attends school regularly and punctually”.

Since 2013, legislation says parents cannot take leave of absence during term time. Leave of absence during term time will only be granted under exceptional circumstances; this does not include family holidays, celebrations or weddings.

Requests for leave of absence in term time must be put in writing to the Headteacher by letter or email. The Headteacher’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

If parents take their children out of the Academy without making a request, or if parents still take their child out of the Academy after a request has been denied, the absence will be marked as unauthorised. We are legally required to inform Oldham Local Authority about any and all unauthorised absences. A Penalty Notice Fine may be then be issued by Oldham Local Authority, or in more serious cases prosecution proceedings can take place.

Working Together

Students are actively involved in achieving the highest attendance figures for themselves and their community. We work with  parents and carers to support the improvement of attendance figures of our Academy.

Together we encourage our young people to attend regularly and punctually.  This is not just important from an academic point of view but also in creating responsible citizens.

What can you do to help us?

Always keep us informed. If your child is unable to attend the Academy, for whatever reason, please contact the Academy by 8.30am to explain the reason for absence. Reception is open to take calls from 8.00am.

More information on our absence procedures.

If we do not receive notification of a student absence our attendance team will contact Parents and Carers. Home visits may also be made.

We urge parents not to take students out of the Academy unless absolutely necessary.  Please try to arrange medical appointments outside of the Academy day wherever possible. Parents and carers may also be asked to provide medical evidence as to explain why their child is absent.

It is absolutely essential that we work together in removing any attendance barriers. Raising your child’s attendance means that we are raising their chances in succeeding. Quite simply, if they are not here – they cannot learn.