ATTENDANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURE
We are required to rigorously monitor the attendance of all our pupils at King’s. The Education Act 1996 states that parents must ensure their children receive appropriate full-time education according to their age, ability and aptitude. Any person who has the care of a child or who has parental responsibility is responsible for ensuring good attendance.
"If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his/her parent is guilty of an offence" under s.444 (1) Education Act 1996.
The attendance target we set for our pupils is 95%. We believe that good attendance has a fundamental link with attainment and that if your child is not at school, they cannot learn. The DCFS statistics show that below 92% attendance lowers attainment by at least one grade or level.
We understand that leave from school under ‘exceptional circumstances’ may be necessary. However, this must be authenticated by the Unit Welfare Officer before the school can authorise absence. Taking unauthorised leave is not only a detriment to your child, but also contravenes Joint Service Publication (JSP) 342. We take attendance very seriously at King’s and would like to work closely with parents on any issue of attendance so that unnecessary action can be avoided.
You can help your child by:
- working together with your child's school
- letting the school know on the first day of any absence by calling the main office*
- not taking children on visits or shopping trips during school time
- taking a positive interest in your child's work
- ensuring your child is ready for the school day
- checking your child’s planner on a weekly basis
- checking your child's attendance with the school if it is a concern
Attending school regularly - students with good attendance:
- achieve better
- feel happier
- gain confidence
- find it easier to make and keep friends
- have better prospects of employment and training
Reporting Absence: Please call the main school office on 05241 842210 (73 2210)
*There is an expectation that parents contact King’s main school office on the first morning of absence to notify us that your child will be not be in school. There would be no requirement for you to provide a written note on return to school of your child if you have already notified us by phone of the absence. If no contact is made, as a matter of safeguarding, pupils will be identified as not in school during period 1 without a notified reason of absence. The procedure of ‘First Day Calling’ will then operate, involving absent pupil’s parents being contacted at home or at work to alert them of the absence and receive a reason. Primarily, this is to ensure the safety for all pupils, but also enables the school to monitor and code absence appropriately.
Should you wish to discuss attendance please contact your child’s Tutor or Head of House who will be happy to answer questions or concerns and offer advice.