We understand there are times when your child may be facing some difficulties which could affect their attendance to college. As a school we believe it is a priority to identify and support these students and families.
Student's whose attendance is below 90% are 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. We would ask where possible that medical evidence is provided for all absences. For repeated absences, this will be required in line with Government recommendations.
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 AM (Attendance Manager) involvement, fines and even prosecution by the local authority.
The Attendance Manager (AM) reviews the attendance regularly and supports students in order to improve their attendance. The AM works closely with those students with attendance concerns and investigates students who are consistently absent, which is taken very seriously. They will direct the appropriate levels of support within college and can offer home visits. The AM makes referrals to in house support such as ELSA and to outside agency support such as Children and Family Wellbeing Service (Early Help) and the Inclusion Service.