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FULL ATTENDANCE REALLY MATTERS

ATTENDANCE

PARENT/CARERS RESPONSIBILITIES

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

  • Follow the instructions to leave your child's name, year group and reason for absence [please speak clearly and leave your child's full name]
  • Contact on the first day of absence and every following day until they return
  • When your child returns please send them in with a note explaining the reason for absence
  • If appropriate please provide a medical note or appointment card
  • If your child has been absent for 5 days or more, medical evidence MUST be provided
  • If we do not have a reason for absence your child will receive an unauthorised mark (0)
  • There are sanctions in place in school for unexplained and unauthorised absences
  • Unauthorised absences can result in action from the Education Welfare Officer including fines and possible court action
  • In the event of an unexplained absence you will be informed automatically by a text
  • This communication is a vital part of our commitment to the safety of your child
  • In order for the system to be effective we must have an up to date telephone number to contact you during the school day
  • Please ensure you notify school of any changed to your contact details (particularly mobile phone numbers) as soon as possible
  • It is vital that your child is in registration or registers via the biometric scanner if late, in order to avoid an unnecessary call from the automated system

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

 

PUNCTUALITY

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

SCHOOL STARTS PROMPTLY AT 8.25 AM

There are sanctions in place at school for lateness

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

  • Follow the biometric scanning procedure then go directly to your lesson
  • If you arrive late after 9.30 am please go to Reception in the Stephenson Building and follow the biometric scanning procedure and then go directly to your lesson

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

Reporting absence information  


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.

HOLIDAYS

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.

ABSENCE NOTES

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.

SUPPORTING ATTENDANCE

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.

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.

 

What is an authorised absence?

The Department for Education tells schools that they can authorise absences for:

  • genuine illness
  • important hospital, doctor or dentist appointments (if they cannot be made after school)
  • some family holidays which genuinely cannot be taken out of term time, AND ONLY WITH THE HEADTEACHER’S PERMISSION
  • days of religious observance

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

  • to look after the house or other members of the family
  • to go shopping
  • to visit relatives
  • because it is their birthday
  • because it is raining
  • because you got up late
  • because they got up late
  • because they don’t want to go
  • because you don’t feel like taking them
  • waiting in for trades people (e.g. gas, electric)
  • truanting

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