Student whose attendance is below 90% will now be classed as persistently absent, regardless of whether the school has authorised or unauthorised the absences. This equates to 38 sessions or 19 days of absence across the year.
The DFE (Department of Education) has published data on their website that clearly shows the link between attendance and attainment. This highlights the fact that there will be an impact on your child’s education and exam results if attendance is not consistently above 95%. Should your child’s attendance fall below this figure the college will look at interventions to help the students improve. However in some circumstances it could lead to AO (Attendance Officer) involvement, fines and even prosecution by the local authority.
At John Ferneley College we will consistently work towards high attendance figures for all our students. We recognise the need for students, parents and the college to work in close partnership to achieve this.
We ask that parents/carers report absences on the absence line before 8.30am providing a reason. This is a necessary safeguarding measure. If no contact is made then the college will send a text home to secure an explanation.
Whilst we understand it is difficult when your child is ill we are hopeful you would still send them into college for minor ailments such as headaches, tiredness and colds. We would ask where possible that medical evidence is provided. For repeated absences this will be required in line with Government recommendations.
Please note that punctuality effects the attendance figures. Students that arrive late in the morning and miss their registration during tutor time will receive an unauthorised absence mark, which will contribute towards the total absence count. Where ever possible we would recommend that medical appointments are made towards the end of the day.
Unfortunately we are no longer able to authorise any holidays during term-time. Taking your child out of school during this time will be marked as unauthorised and may result Local Authority fines.
We may grant permission for leave of absence in exceptional circumstances such as sporting events, interviews, performances, auditions etc. An absence request form will need to be completed along with supporting evidence and submitted to the Attendance Officer. Holiday Request Form
Should you become aware that your child is experiencing issues which are impacting on their attendance, please contact the school as soon as possible, so that interventions may be put in place.
The Attendance Officer (AO) reviews the attendance regularly and supports students in order to improve their attendance. The AO works closely with those students with attendance concerns and investigates students who are consistently absent, which is taken very seriously. Furthermore the AO sees and supports students at school and home visits.
It is the parents/carer’s responsibility to get the student into school on time on a daily basis.