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CBA is a great place to be and all students should attend every day. 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 -

  • 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).

If your child is having difficulties attending school, you should contact the school sooner rather than later, as most issues can be dealt with very quickly.

Reporting Absence

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 or use the online absence reporting tool that can be found at the following link.

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.

Parents/Carers Responsibilities

Make sure your child arrives at school on time by 8:30am at the latest as lessons start promptly at 8.40am.

If your child arrives after the register has closed, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence for that session unless evidence is supplied that the lateness was due to a medical appointment.

Persistent lateness is monitored and affects the overall attendance figure for each student. Consequences are the same for those students with low attendance.

Attendance Team

The Vice Principal with responsibility for Attendance and Behaviour is Mr Mark Brennan.

The Attendance Officer is Mrs Michele Jenkins

The Education Welfare Officer is Mrs Elaine Pickford.

The Senior Education Welfare and Safeguarding Officer (Trust) is Mrs Martine Boyd.

If your child’s attendance remains unsatisfactory and despite support from Academy staff, 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 make contact with the Education Inclusion Partnership Team directly for a general enquiry

Further advice and guidance on this matter can be located through the Department of Education

Student Sickness Policy - In School Protocol:

"If a student feels unwell they must report to a Vice Principal. The student’s attendance will be checked and the Vice Principal will then consider the situation. If the student is allowed to go home, contact will be made with the parent/carer. The student will only be allowed to go home if they are collected by an adult, who is named on the students contact list”.

Please note: If a student has already phoned home, they will not be allowed to leave the Academy until the above procedure has been followed.

The Public Health Agency have put together a useful guide on Inflection Control in schools. Please click here to view the guide.