Here at Fishtoft Academy, we are dedicated to ensuring that each and every child receives the best education possible. This means that we have to abide by laws set by the Government with regards to ensuring the very best attendance for every individual child.
There is a direct link between good attendance and a child’s achievement. It is simple: the more time a child spends at school, the more time they have to access the learning needed for progression.
We kindly request that you keep the Academy informed of any matters that may affect your child’s attendance whilst at the Academy. The Academy Trust’s Extended Services Team work pro-actively to support any families who may be experiencing difficulties.
Contacting the school if your child is absent
- Please ring the school absence line on 01205 363139 and choose Option 1 from the menu to leave a message if your child is absent from school. You may also notify us of any absence via the WEDUC app., where you can complete an absence form. You must contact the school on every day of absence.
- If school is not notified of an absence, a member of staff from school will phone to find out why your child is absent.
- If no contact is made with the school, please be aware that a home visit may be made by a member of academy staff.
We request that all routine medical, dental or other appointments, where possible, are made outside of school time. Where an urgent appointment is required or pupils have a hospital appointment during school hours, we request that you provide medical evidence in the form of an appointment card or letter in order to authorise their absence from school. We ask where possible parents/carers ensure that your child attends school before and after the appointment to maximise their learning opportunities for that day.
We understand that unfortunately some children have medical conditions that will have an on-going impact on their attendance. As a setting, we will try to ensure that we facilitate any needs for each child. Please ensure that you share all medical conditions and appointments with us so that we can support in the best way we can. An individual health plan will be drawn up for any pupil who has regular medication.
For safety reasons, no children should bring medicines or tablets to school in their school bag. Any medicine brought into school, must be given in directly to the Front Office, where it will be securely stored. Only medicines with prescription labels, clearly stating the pupils’ name and dosage will be administered in line with our Medicines in Schools Policy. However, parents will need to complete and sign a form giving permission for this to happen.
Children who have sickness and diarrhoea are required for remain absent from the Academy for 48 hours after their last bout for infection control purposes.
Government regulations introduced in September 2013 state that pupils should not be taken on holiday during term time. This law also states that parents do not have an automatic right to take their child out of school for this reason.
Any absence may now only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.
Should you need to take your child out of school for exceptional circumstances during term time, an appointment will need to be made with the Executive Headteacher and you should contact the school office to arrange this.
Unauthorised absence could result in a Fixed Penalty Fine being issued under Section 444(B) of the Education Act 1996.
Persistent Absence and Severe Absence
A persistent absentee (as stated within government guidelines) is any student whose attendance falls below 90%. Persistent absence has a detrimental affect on pupils as work missed is often not fully completed, leaving pupils at a disadvantage to their peers.
Any pupil whose attendance is 50% or below is classed as being ‘severely absent’.
Pupils with poor attendance are less likely to achieve their academic potential and may find that they suffer socially. We have a responsibility to ensure that pupils are given all the opportunities to succeed both academically, socially and for their future life choices, hence the academy having a dedicated Attendance Champion to support pupils and families where there are concerns regarding a pupil’s attendance.
Our school day starts at 8:45am for all children; this means that we expect everyone to be sat in their classrooms ready for their lesson to start. Registers will close promptly at 8:55am. If however, something unavoidable has happened leading to a late start to your day please go to the Academy’s main office. From there we will sign your child/children into school and take them to their teachers. As you can expect, we completely understand that at times lateness does happen. However, if this becomes a reoccurring issue then it will be brought to the attention of the Attendance Champion. This is monitored through each child arriving late being given a late mark on their attendance record. If this becomes a re-occurring issue, the matter could be taken further, leading to Fixed Penalty Notices. Therefore, please ensure that your child is in school, ready to learn on time.
Support for Attendance
The academy monitors the attendance and punctuality of individual pupils closely and follows up all absence which is unexplained with parents/carers as soon as possible by telephone, written communication and/or home visits. If a pupil’s attendance becomes a concern to us, then contact will be made with parents/carers to discuss this further and support put in place where needed. Working together to support your child is vital in order to ensure that they are achieving their academic potential and to support their well-being.
Celebrating and positively rewarding pupils for good attendance is a part of academy culture. This takes place during celebration assemblies throughout the year. The 100% attendance awards are considered to be amongst the top awards in our school community.
For the Children Missing in Education Policy please see our policies page.