An excellent record of attendance at school has a major impact on your child’s academic progress. Research shows that there is a direct link between poor attendance and poor examination results.
Every student in Sandymoor Ormiston Academy has an absolute minimum attendance target of 96%.
Not attending school for only one day a week equates to only 80% attendance. This means that your child will miss out on a whole school year of learning during their first five crucial years in secondary education.
Days off school soon add up!
As a parent/carer you are legally responsible for ensuring that your child attends school regularly and is punctual. If you fail to do so, you are committing an offence under the Education Act (1996). This may lead to you being issued with a penalty notice, a fine of up to £2500 or, in extreme cases, even a prison sentence.
If your child is absent for 10% of the academic year then this is classed as a Persistent Absence and as such will be formally monitored by the Education Welfare Service.
What must I do as a parent/carer?
Parents/carers should ensure that their children attend school every day and arrive on time.
If your child is going to be absent you must phone the school by 8:30am on the first day of absence on 01928 571217.
Failure to do so will result in Sandymoor Ormiston Academy making contact with you. Please remember to update us every day on the situation.
Please also ensure you provide a note on the first day that your child returns to school. This should be given to their Form Tutor.
A telephone call or letter does not in itself authorise an absence. Only the academy’s Attendance Team can authorise an absence after considering the information you have provided.
Authorised Absences still affect your child’s attendance record. They may include:
- Sickness which means that your child is too ill to attend
- Unavoidable hospital, medical/dental appointments (please give the Academy prior notice)
- Days of religious observance (agreed with Principal beforehand)
- Exceptional family circumstances (e.g. bereavement)
- Going too there providers such as a secondary school visit, interview or examination.
Unauthorised Absences may
- Shopping for shoes, uniform or other items or hair cuts
- Looking after family members who are unwell (unless there is an unavoidable emergency when no more than two sessions may be authorised)
- Minding the house/ waiting for deliveries
- Birthdays, including parties or treats
- Daytrips/ Holidays
- Medical appointments which could have been made outside of school hours. Please ask for appointments outside of school hours, rather than accept the appointment you may be first allocated.
The Academy does not condone students taking holidays in school time because of the impact it has on learning, progress and ultimately examination performance.
The Academy will, therefore, not authorise a holiday in term time except in the most extreme and very exceptional circumstances. In such circumstances, a written application must be made to the Principal at least one month prior to the expected date of the holiday. An appropriate response will then be sent to you in writing.
Weddings and family events are not classed as exceptional circumstances and cannot, therefore, be authorised.
Parents / Carers MUST take holidays in the 13 weeks of the academy holidays or they may receive a Penalty Notice.
All students are expected to be in their tutor rooms ready to be registered at 8.45am. In order to ensure all staff and students are in classrooms for 8:45am the student entrance gate will close at 8:40am. Students arriving after this time will be marked late.
Any students arriving late should sign in at reception.
However, remember, it is always better to be late rather than not in at all!
Students arriving late on more than one occasion to the academy will be issued with an after school detention. Persistent lateness may lead to discussions with the Education Welfare Officer in order to address the concerns and if punctuality does not improve, a penalty notice may be issued when students continue to be persistently late for school and/or arrive after the register has closed.
At Sandymoor Ormiston Academy, students are rewarded for achieving excellent attendance and punctuality. Every term students with 100% attendance and 100% punctuality all receive certificates and are entered into a prize draw. Students with attendance above 95% are allowed to take part in Academy reward trips and activities.