Absence From School
School Attendance Policy
Students are required to attend school for 190 days each year.
The Tile Cross Academy target for individual student attendance in school is 96%.
If a student is ill
Medical Appointments (e.g. Doctor, Dentist & Optician)
Please attempt to make any appointment for dentist, optician and doctors outside of school hours. If a school time appointment is unavoidable please ensure that your child attends school before/after the appointment. Medical evidence should be provided for all appointments.
Holidays / Leave of absence
The reference in law to Headteachers being able (at their discretion) to agree to leave of absence (for holidays) was removed from 1st September 2013. Only in exceptional circumstances are schools allowed to authorise leave of absence. In exceptional circumstances, a request for leave of absence should be returned to our Attendance Officer, Mrs Twomey.
If the application is not considered as one of exceptional circumstances the request will be refused. If the family still embark on the requested leave, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Unauthorised absence will be followed up as per the attendance legislation section in the School’s Attendance Policy and will be referred for legal proceedings
Persistent absent students
The Government and Local Authority view school attendance regularly and whether authorised or unauthorised if a student’s attendance drops below 90% they become classified as a Persistent Absent (PA) student. If a student becomes a PA student, Tile Cross Academy may take legal action through dependant on the reasons for absence.
In such circumstances, a note or call from parents stating absence due to illness will no longer suffice and further absences will be recorded as unauthorised.
Regular and punctual attendance of students at school is both a legal requirement and crucial to a student’s success – there is a clear link between a high rate of attendance and high achievement. If students are not in school they CANNOT LEARN! EVERY LESSON REALLY DOES COUNT! Statistics show missing 8.5 days (17 sessions) of school in any school year can reduce the success level of a student by 1 GCSE grade.
Attendance during one school year Equals days absent Which is approximately weeks absent Which means this number of lessons missed
95% 9 Days 2 Weeks 45 Lessons
90% 19 Days 4 Weeks 95 Lessons
85% 29 Days 6 Weeks 145 Lessons
80% 38 Days 8 Weeks 190 Lessons
75% 48 Days 10 Weeks 240 Lessons
70% 57 Days 11.5 Weeks 285 Lessons
65% 67 Days 13.5 Weeks 335 Lessons
Where a student’s attendance is below 90%, it is the equivalent of missing 19 days of school = nearly 4 weeks or 95 lessons per year!
Attendance below 80% = 38 DAYS absence, nearly 8 WEEKS or 190 LESSONS per year! At the end of 5 years at Tile Cross Academy, 80% attendance would result in a student missing 1 whole school year!