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Attendance


 

At Corby Business Academy, we wish to work in partnership with parents/carers to ensure that your child attends school every day and on time.

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 and punctuality a priority, you help your child make better progress, develop important social skills and friendships, avoid dangerous behaviour and maximise the opportunity for them to achieve their full potential.

The target attendance figure for all students is a minimum of 96% attendance. 96-100% is the ‘Excellent Attendance’ group.

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.

Every day of a child’s absence must be communicated by parents/carers.

The only reasons for absence should be through illness or an exceptional circumstance.

  • Unavoidable medical or dental appointments; students should return to school after the appointment (evidence will be required). Where possible, appointments should be arranged out of school hours
  • Days of religious observance
  • Exceptional family circumstances, such as bereavement
  • Interview with a prospective employer or college/Academy (evidence will be required).

If your child is having difficulties attending school, please contact your child’s Head of Year as soon as possible, as most issues can be dealt with very quickly.

Patrick Hallam - Head of Year 7 
patrick.hallam@corbybusinessacademy.org

Barney Glaze - Head of Year 8
barney.glaze@corbybusinessacademy.org

Natasha Barstow - Head of Year 9
natasha.barstow@corbybusinessacademy.org

Kelly Herbert - Head of Year 10
kelly.herbert@corbybusinessacademy.org

Yassin Elhasbaoui - Head of Year 11
yassine.elhasbaoui@corbybusinessacademy.org

Ralph Franklin - Head of Sixth Form 
ralph.franklin@corbybusinessacademy.org

We wish to work in partnership with parents/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 to resolve any difficulties and we are committed to improving attendance levels.

Parents/carers should contact the Academy every day of their child's absence before 8.30 a.m.

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.  

Alternatively you can email the Attendance Officer at studentabsence@corbybusinessacademy.org with the following information:

Student Name

Year Group

Absence Reason

Day of Absence

Parent/Carer Name

Parent/Carer Contact Number

Parent/Carer Email Address

The MyEd app is no longer in use.

If an explanation for an absence is not received, it will be recorded as unauthorised and an unexplained absence 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.

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.

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 studentabsence@corbybusinessacademy.org.

Ensure your child comes to school every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Students should be in the building by 8.35 a.m. and sat down by 8.40 a.m., when morning tutor time begins. 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.

Amy Harris – Assistant Principal for Student Care, Safeguarding and Attendance
amy.harris@corbybusinessacademy.org

Elliott Hanna – Attendance Officer
elliott.hanna@corbybusinessacademy.org

The Government’s priority is to ensure that every child attends school regularly and where attendance is deemed to be unsatisfactory, that it is addressed promptly. There is clear evidence that any absence can and will have an impact on attainment. It is therefore important that schools maintain good attendance levels and that parents/carers support this by ensuring their children attend school regularly.

The Brooke Weston Trust Academies and the Local Authority have been working together to issue warnings and Penalty Notices under Section 444(A) of the Education Act 1996 (amended regulations 2013).

A Penalty Notice is a fine up to £120. It is £60, if paid within the first 21 days but then £120 past the 21st day / within the 28 days. If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period, the Local Authority will instigate Court Proceedings and the outcome of a prosecution could be up to £1,000 per parent/adult This is an alternative to the prosecution of parents/carers/guardians for failing to ensure the regular attendance of a compulsory school age (age 5-16 years) student where they are registered or at a place where alternative provision is provided.

Whilst parents/carers can provide explanations for absences, it is at the Academy’s discretion as to whether this absence will be authorised or unauthorised. The change in legislation has meant the removal of holiday entitlement and Principals will now not authorise any holiday requests in term time, unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. A family holiday taken in term time will result in a warning and Penalty Notice being issued.

Other criteria for Penalty Notices include a student having a high number of unauthorised absences within an academic year and where an excluded student is found in a public place during school hours without a justifiable explanation.

UPDATED The current Persistent Absence threshold has been 15% during this academic year however from September 2015, the Government is reducing this to 10%. This means that students who have cumulative absence as shown below will fall into the Persistent Absence banding –

  • Term 1 = 4 days
  • Term 2 = 8 days
  • Term 3 = 12 days
  • Term 4 = 16 days
  • Term 5 = 20 days.

Further advice and guidance on this matter can be located through the Department of Education website entitled “Advice on school attendance”.

What are the timings of the school day?

When are the school holidays?

The school term dates are published on our website. You can find them here.

What should I do if my child is ill?

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, you must inform the school as soon as possible (before 8.30 a.m.).

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.  

Alternatively you can email the Attendance Officer at studentabsence@corbybusinessacademy.org with the following information.

My child has a medical appointment – what should I do?

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 studentabsence@corbybusinessacademy.org.

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.

I have received a letter, or been invited into school, about attendance. Should I be worried?

If we have written to you or invited you into school for a meeting, it is because we want to work in partnership with you to improve your child's attendance.  Poor attendance affects your child socially as well as academically and we will discuss what we can do to help you and your child to ensure they are coming into school regularly.  We ask that parents/carers do their best to work with us so that any issues can be resolved as quickly as possible and do not escalate.

My child does not want to come to school. What should I do?

Parents/carers have a duty to ensure that their child of statutory school age is receiving an appropriate education. If your child does not want to come to school then we need to discuss this so that we can look into the reason(s) for this and work out what we can do to help.  If your child is having difficulties attending school, please contact your child’s Head of Year as soon as possible, as most issues can be dealt with very quickly.

Patrick Hallam - Head of Year 7 
patrick.hallam@corbybusinessacademy.org

Barney Glaze - Head of Year 8
barney.glaze@corbybusinessacademy.org

Natasha Barstow - Head of Year 9
natasha.barstow@corbybusinessacademy.org

Kelly Herbert - Head of Year 10
kelly.herbert@corbybusinessacademy.org

Yassin Elhasbaoui - Head of Year 11
yassine.elhasbaoui@corbybusinessacademy.org

Ralph Franklin - Head of Sixth Form 
ralph.franklin@corbybusinessacademy.org

What should I do if ….?

Action needed …

My child is feeling ill with Covid-19 symptoms of:

· a high temperature – this means your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back

 · a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

 · a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means your child cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

 

 Most children with Covid-19 have at least one of these symptoms.

DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

 

You should book a PCR test for your child.

 

Please note - only the person with symptoms should be tested and there is no need for others in the household to have a test, unless they also have any of the symptoms mentioned.

 

Make sure you tell the school immediately about the result of the test.

My child is feeling ill with other symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose or a headache.

You should act in the same way as you would have done before the pandemic. This may involve sending your child to school or keeping them at home, depending on the nature and severity of symptoms. Of course, you should seek medical advice via your GP or NHS direct on 111 if you would normally do so.

My child tests positive for Covid-19

DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

 

Your child must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, (or the day they had the test, if they did not have symptoms) and until there is no fever for 48 hours.

 

Please send evidence of NHS positive test confirmation via email to elliott.hanna@corbybusinessacademy.org

 

My child tests negative for Covid-19 (test done when the child had symptoms)

Your child can return to school, assuming they are well.

Someone in my household has symptoms of Covid-19/tested positive for Covid-19

YOUR CHILD DOES NOT NEED TO SELF ISOLATE.

 

Even if your child does not have symptoms, they should still get a PCR test to check if they have Covid-19.

 

 

 

 

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is a priority to ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school.

Where a child is required to self-isolate or quarantine because of COVID-19 in accordance with relevant legislation or guidance published by PHE or the DHSC they should be recorded as code X (not attending in circumstances related to coronavirus). Where they are unable to attend because they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should be recorded as code I (illness).