Attendance and Absence

Raise your child’s attendance – Raise their chances

At Outwood Academy Shafton excellent attendance and punctuality is our aim for every student. Full attendance maximises learning opportunities and parents/carers have a critical role in promoting good attitudes in attendance. We ask for support from parents/carers to ensure that their children are present at every opportunity, arrive on time and to avoid allowing children to stay at home unnecessarily, or taking them out of school without authorisation. Evidence shows that students who attend school regularly make better progress both academically and socially.

We monitor student’s attendance closely and will follow up unexplained absence with parents/carers, by telephone or by letter. Where a student’s attendance record reaches a concerning level, we will contact you to discuss ways in which the Academy can support you and your child. Our Academy attendance target of 97% is the minimum that we expect for all students. Every lesson counts and it is this commitment to learning that will have a positive effect on student’s examinations and their futures.

It is vitally important that your child attends school on a daily basis in order for them to achieve their full potential. If your child is ill could you please contact the Attendance Office on 01226 717730 and then please press Option 2.

Changes to Persistent absence from September 2015.

From the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year the persistent absence threshold changed from 15 per cent to 10 per cent, includes all students whose attendance is 90% or less. Persistent absence is assessed on a cumulative basis so a pupil can come in and out of the category but in real terms, a child who misses 19 or more days over a full academic year will be classed as persistently absent.

Absence at this level is doing considerable damage to any child’s educational prospects and we need parents’/carers’ fullest support and co-operation to tackle this. Any student whose attendance has reached the PA threshold or is at risk of moving towards that threshold is given priority for intervention.

Intervention may be via:

  • An action plan to improve attendance will be created which may involve a EHA and referrals to other agencies alongside meetings between relevant Academy staff and parents/carers.
  • Where parents/carers fail to co-operate with support and strategies provided by the Academy, further advice may be sought which could lead to legal sanctions being imposed.

Further details can be found by accessing the link below.

The School Day

Students are expected to be at school by 8:15am.ready for when the bell sounds at 8:20am. Students will be deemed late if they arrive after 8:15am.

  • 08:00 – 08:15 Arrive
  • 08:25 – 09:25 Period 1
  • 09:25 – 10:25 Period 2
  • 10:25 – 10:45 Break (Africa & America) VMG (Europe, Asia & Oceania)
  • 10:45 – 11:00 VMG Break (Africa & America)
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Period 3
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Period 4 (Incl. 30 minute lunch)

Lunch times

  • 12:00 – 12:30 (Years 8 & 10)
  • 12:30 – 13:00 (Year 7)
  • 13:00 – 13:30 (Years 9 & 11)
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Period 5
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Enrichment (not compulsory)