We have an obligation to ensure children attend school.
Parent/Carers are expected to contact the school before 9:00am on each day of student absence and provide a reason for their child’s absence. If no explanation for the absence is provided, the absence will be recorded as ‘un-authorised’.
If a student is not present by 9:20am and their absence has not been explained, then a message is sent out via the “In-Touch” system which automatically texts parents to let them know their child is not in school. This continues to send until a response is received.
Any child with an attendance level falling below 90% (this equates to one day per two weeks) will be classed as PA (persistently absent).
We have a range of options available to try to encourage higher attendance levels, including the issuing of fixed penalties and the implementation of a fast-track process that could potentially result in imprisonment.
Most importantly, there is significant evidence to suggest that students with high levels of attendance will achieve higher standards in their GCSE examinations.