What to do if your child is absent:
Telephone our designated Attendance Team
If your child is in Year 7,8, or 9 please call 0151 254 6802
if your child is in Year 10 or 11 please call 0151 254 6860
If you have WiFi you can also contact the Attendance office via WhatsApp on 07824 057 594
OR download our school app MyEd via www.myedschoolapp.com
Please always remember to leave your child's name, their Year group and reason for absence
SCHOOL STARTS PROMPTLY AT 8.25 AM
There are sanctions in place at school for lateness:
To further improve schools punctuality, a targeted Late Gate will be in place on Monday 16th January 2017.
From 8.35 am ALL gates will be closed except for Heliers Road. If your child arrives after this time they will be challenged as to the reason for the lateness and parents will be informed. NORMAL LATE DETENTIONS APPLY.
If you arrive late before 9.30 am please make sure that you make yourself know to the member of staff on duty at the front gate
YOU MUST SIGN IN OR YOU WILL BE MARKED AS ABSENT AND AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE WILL BE SENT TO YOUR PARENT/CARER INFORMING THEM THAT YOU ARE NOT IN SCHOOL
TO ALL PARENTS / CARERS
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EFFECTS ON EXAMINATION PERFORMANCE
Your child’s level of attendance is closely linked to how he/she performs in examinations.
Research shows that attendance below 95% has a detrimental effect on GCSE grades. An attendance level of 90% can result in the loss of a whole grade at GCSE!
It is vitally important that your child establishes an attendance level of over 95% in Year 7 and continues this throughout secondary school in order to get the best out of school and to increase future life prospects. Please try to encourage your child to aim for full attendance. Rewards are given to those pupils who meet the school’s expectations on attendance.
Broadgreen International School expects that holidays will not to be taken in term time and therefore permission to take your child out of school from the Headteacher will not normally be given. This is because at secondary level students are in a continuous cycle of assessments and examinations, and any absence has a profoundly negative effect on this. Regardless of the effort your child may put in after a holiday to catch up on work, aspects of oral and practical work make this impossible. Broadgreen wants to do the best for your child and we aim to work in partnership with you. The school hopes that you will be able to arrange holidays during the 13 weeks of school closure. If this is genuinely unavoidable parents / carers are asked to write to me well in advance of the holiday with the details.
The school requires a note for absences from school. Notes should be sent in with the child on the first day of return to school. If a note is not provided, you will receive a letter asking for an explanation of the absence.
PUPIL ATTENDANCE, EDUCATION WELFARE SERVICE AND MERSEYSIDE POLICE
Our Social Inclusion Officer works closely with the Pupil Attendance and Education Welfare Service and Merseyside Police to maintain good attendance of all pupils. If notes are not provided for absence a home visit may be made. If we do not have a satisfactory reason for every individual absence we will have no option but to record it as Truancy or Condoned Parental Absence. Such negative information will not favour future school references.
The school will work with the Pupil Attendance and Education Welfare Service and Merseyside Police to issue Persistent Absenteeism letters, Acceptable Attendance Agreements and penalty notices, and to prosecute parents/carers who do not send their children to school if appropriate.
The school uses a variety of mechanisms to support families and pupils who are experiencing genuine problems which may affect attendance, including holding Attendance Panel meetings to discuss attendance concerns. If you face difficulties, I would ask parents/carers to contact the Social Inclusion Officer, Mrs Templeton [0151 254 6817] without delay to discuss how the school can help your child.
Finally, I would urge you to support the school fully on this matter. Ensuring your child has the best possible attendance gives him/her the opportunity to fulfil every aspect of potential and achieve success at all stages.
The Department for Education tells schools that they can authorise absences for:
You can ask school if they will authorise absences for special occasions e.g. going to a wedding, but you need to ask for permission beforehand.
AT BROADGREEN WE NEED THE HELP OF PARENTS TO CUT DOWN ON UNAUTHORISED ABSENCE
What is an unauthorised absence?
You should not keep your child from school
We will not authorise absences if your child is off for any of these reasons and you should be aware that this could lead to parents being prosecuted by the Local Authority