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 95% 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 Absence Line on 01226 717749 before 09:30.
From the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year the persistent absence threshold will change from 15 per cent to 10 per cent, this will include all students whose attendance is 90% or less. Persistent absence will be 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.
The Department for Education will publish PA rates at both 15% and 10% for the current academic via the Statistical First Release (SFR) in October 2015 to enable schools and academies to begin to monitor and track data into the academic year 2015-2016.
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:
Further details can be found by accessing the link below.
Students are expected to be at school by 8:15am when the bell sounds. Students will be deemed late if they arrive after 8:15am.