Covid-19 Related Absence from school
Attendance Matters at Corby Business Academy
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success, both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behaviour and have a better chance of achieving their full potential.
Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to leave school with good qualifications, setting them up for a strong future.
At 96% attendance – 73% of students achieve five good grades at GCSE (9-4) including English and Maths, however even at 96% attendance a student would have missed 45 hours of learning.
19 days off per school year means that a pupil has approx. 90% attendance. At 90% attendance your child will have missed 97 lessons in one year! If this trend went throughout the 5 years a child is at secondary school, this would equate to half a year of missing school time in total.
The research shows that for every 17 days missed from school a child is likely to drop one GCSE grade in EVERY subject. Only 35% of those with attendance between 80-90% will achieve five good grades (9-4) at GCSE including English and Maths.
Parents/carers have a legal duty to ensure that their child receives an education suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitude and any special needs. The only reasons for absence should be through illness or an exceptional circumstance. Every absence must be explained by the parent/carer. No more than three consecutive days of absence will be authorised without supporting medical evidence.
- Unavoidable medical or dental appointments; students should return to school after the appointment (evidence may be required). Where possible, appointments should be arranged after school
- Days of religious observance
- Exceptional family circumstances, such as bereavement
- Interview with a prospective employer or college/Academy (evidence may be required).
We wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends school every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents and carers in resolving any difficulties as we are committed to improving attendance levels at school and can offer a large range of rewards for students who have good attendance.
The target attendance figure for all students is a minimum of 96% attendance. 96-100% is the ‘Excellent Attendance’ group.
Parents or carers should contact the Academy on the first day of their child's absence before 8.30am.
To report an absence telephone 01536 303120, select option 2 to speak with our Attendance Officer or option 3 to speak with our reception team. Please do not leave a voicemail message and persevere if the phones lines are engaged.
Day of Absence
Parent/Carer Contact Number
Parent/Carer Email Address
The online reporting tool is currently undergoing essential maintenance. The MyEd app is no longer in use.
If an explanation for an absence is not received, it will be recorded as unauthorized and a text message will be sent from the Academy or a telephone call will be made. A home visit may occur as a follow-up action.
Student Sickness Policy - In School Protocol
If a student feels unwell, whilst they are attending the Academy site, they must report to a member of the Senior Leadership Team – this can be done via their class teacher during lesson time or by approaching a Senior Leader directly during break or lunch.
When this occurs a student’s condition and circumstances will then be checked, with the Senior Leader involved then considering the situation and liaising with parents or carers. If it is agreed that the student should go home, this will be clarified with a named adult from our student contact details list.
Students must then be collected by an adult, who is again named on the students contact list. If this is not possible, the Academy will need written confirmation and permission stating the adult who will be acting as the person responsible for supervision and collection.
Please note that students should not be contacting parents or carers directly during school hours via mobile phones, we need to manage safeguarding protocols and ensure that we control records of students arriving on and off site.
Medical Appointments and Evidence
In the case of unavoidable medical or dental appointments and in accordance with Brooke Weston Trust policy, we will require medical evidence in order to authorise these absences.
We accept the following as medical evidence that details the time and date of the appointment:
- Appointment letter/slip
- Text message or online booking confirmation
Please can we be informed of planned medical or dental appointments at least 1 day prior to the appointment. This notification, along with medical evidence, can be emailed to email@example.com.
Ensure your child comes to school every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Students should be sat down ready to learn by 8.40am, when Lesson 1 begins. Students should be in the building by 8.35am. Students arriving very late will be marked absent and will require an explanatory note or the absence will remain unauthorised.
Ensure the school has up to date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. This ensures your child’s safety and any truancy is quickly identified Persistent lateness is monitored and affects the overall attendance figure for each student. Consequences are the same for those students with low attendance.
The Attendance Team
Julian Smith – Vice Principal, Behaviour and Attendance
Elliott Hanna – Attendance Officer
Elaine Pickford – The Educational Welfare Officer
Penalty notice fines and Educational Inclusion Partnership Team
f your child’s attendance remains unsatisfactory despite support from the Academy, a referral will be made to the Brooke Weston Trust, Education Welfare Officer. If attendance continues to decrease, a referral to the Education Inclusion Partnership Team (Local Authority) may be made for consideration of legal action. This could include a prosecution or a Penalty Notice being issued. Penalty information update - May 2017
Parents/carers can contact the Education Inclusion Partnership Team directly for a general enquiry
Further advice and guidance can be located through the Department of Education https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-attendance
If you require support in improving your child’s attendance please contact their Head of Year via email:
Patrick Hallam - Head of Year 7
Natasha Barstow - Head of Year 8
Kelly Herbert - Head of Year 9
Yassine Elhasbaoui - Head of Year 10
Barney Glaze - Head of Year 11
Samantha Anderson - Head of Sixth Form