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Attendance & Absence

Attendance

At Biscovey Academy we recognise that good levels of attendance and punctuality are key in supporting a child’s development and allowing them to fulfil their academic and social/emotional potential.

Studies have shown that high levels of absence can have a direct impact on overall achievement and progress, due to lost learning time. Children who miss school regularly may also find this impacts on their ability to build positive relationships and friendships with other children and staff.

The chart below gives an indication of the positive impact of good levels of attendance across a school year:

 

Biscovey Academy is committed to maximising the education of all its pupils and aims to work with parents to ensure this can be achieved. Whilst we recognise that some absences are unavoidable (e.g. for ill health, medical appointments or leave for exceptional circumstances agreed in advance with the school) we hope you will support us in supporting your child’s learning and development by ensuring they attend school regularly and on time.

This year, we are aiming to achieve an attendance target of 96%, for every child. This is in line with the current national expectation for school attendance.

To support us in achieving this target, we have a clear Attendance and Absence Policy, which is available on the school website or, in hard copy, via the school office.

The policy makes clear the School’s expectations in terms of regular attendance and punctuality, defines “absence” (both authorised and unauthorised), sets out procedures for reporting absences and explains how to request term time leave for exceptional circumstances (updated to reflect recent clarification in the law governing this area).

It also goes into detail about the School’s procedures for how we go about monitoring levels of attendance and the role of our school based Attendance Officer and the Local Authority Education Welfare Officer in supporting and, where necessary challenging, high levels of absence.

We would encourage you, as parents and carers, to read the updated Attendance and Absence Policy and get in touch with the school should you have any concerns or queries.

 

Absence

We recognise that some absences are unavoidable (e.g. for ill health, medical appointments or leave for exceptional circumstances agreed in advance with the school). 

Our Attendance and Absence policy makes clear the School’s expectations in terms of regular attendance and punctuality, defines “absence” (both authorised and unauthorised), sets out procedures for reporting absences and explains how to request term time leave for exceptional circumstances (updated to reflect recent clarification in the law governing this area). 

 
 
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Attendance Officer
 
At Biscovey Academy Mrs. Gill is our school based Attendance Officer, who will meet with parents at an early stage where trends or patterns of absence are identified and discuss how we can help by providing support and guidance in reducing these levels of absence and promote good attendance. At these meetings, the reasons for absences are discussed, strategies for improvement planned and a plan of action agreed.
 
Further strategies for promoting high attendance and reducing absence may involve in-school referrals to Mrs. Lobb, our Pupil Wellbeing and Behaviour for Learning Leader, and Mrs. Wilson, our SENDCo, as well as working with other outside agencies who can provide another layer of specialist support and guidance
 
Our Attendance Officer will also be able to advise on the consequences of further absenteeism, including statutory local authority intervention through the Education Welfare Officer.