Attendance

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving your child the best possible start in life. Talking to your child and support staff at University Academy Kidsgrove could help to solve any difficulties you have in getting your child to go to school. We also offer a full range of support which you can access.

  • If your child’s attendance is 100% they are more likely to achieve or exceed their target grade.
  • If your child’s attendance falls below 90% they are likely to achieve 1 grade lower than their target grade.
  • If your child’s attendance falls below 80% they are likely to achieve 2 grades lower than their target grade.
  • UAK’s target attendance is 96%.
Attendance 95% 90% 85% 80%
Number of dates lost learning 9.5 19 28.5 38
Number of lessons lost learning (for a five day period) 47.5 95 142.5 190

100% attendance is outstanding / 93% attendance is worrying attendance

Regular school attendance – why it is so important

Going to school regularly is important to your child’s future. For example, children who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. Holidays within school time can have a direct effect of progress. When your child is not in school they may lack confidence when they return by losing contact with social groups and friends.

Good attendance shows potential employers that your child is reliable. Research suggests that children who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in anti-social behaviour or crime.

Good attendance is rewarded in school. We have termly certificates, prize draws and an annual trip for students with 100% attendance. We also reward students and form groups with free non-uniform days throughout the year.

Leave of Absence

As you will be aware there has been some ambiguity over the regulations for Leave of Absence during term time, in light of the recent Isle of Wight case.

We strive to achieve high levels of attendance for our pupils, with as few missed educational opportunities as possible, in order to maximise your child’s educational opportunities. Consequently we hope your child can achieve 95% or more school attendance over the academic year.

Regarding holiday requests during term time, or other requests for leave of absence, it remains the case that Head teacher’s may only authorise such absences if there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.

PENALTY NOTICE INFORMATION

Please see the following statement from Staffordshire County Council regarding Penalty Notices…

Attendance at school is extremely important and being regularly absent will affect your child’s ability to learn and do well.

You may be aware of a recent court case which focused national attention on the fining of parents for taking their children on holidays in school term time. As a result of this, the county council are reviewing the rules around unauthorised absence and issuing penalty notices to parents.

Whilst the review is ongoing, head teachers will continue to review all requests for leave in term time and report all unauthorised absences to the county council.

As a temporary measure when a child has more than 10 days or more unauthorised absence over two half terms in a row, then a penalty notice may be issued to the parents/carers of that child.

If you have any questions with regards to this, please contact your Local Support Team. Contact details can be found online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/LST

WHAT IS A PENALTY NOTICE?

A fine of £60 per parent/carer (per child) if paid within 21 days from the date of issue. If this Penalty is not paid, the amount rises to £120. If after 28 days of the date of issue the £120 is not paid the Local Authority will prosecute you under the section 444(10 of the Education Act 1996. This will lead to a hearing in the Magistrates Court and may result in a fine of up to £1000.

We request that any applications for leave of absence (holiday) are required to be put in writing to the Head teacher, at least 2 weeks in advance.

UAK work in conjunction with Attend EDC who will visit your home if there are concerns about your child’s attendance. If there is no improvement in attendance, school are able to report Persistent Absentees (PAs) to the Local Authority and they may issue a Statutory Penalty Notice.

We would like to work in partnership with parents and carers and help your child to achieve and feel supported. Please contact our Attendance Officer in the first instance.

Contact Details:

Attendance Officer: Ms Garwood

BGarwood@UAKidsgrove.org

Telephone: 01782 948 272

Education Attendance Consultant – Lesley Hogg 07803 207 599