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Attendance

Attendance

Thomas Clarkson Academy 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.  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).

If you 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/Carers should contact the Academy on the first day of their child’ absence before 8.30am. 

You may wish to use the reporting absence form on the Academy website.

Alternatively telephone 01945 585237 and choose option 2 then option 1 to leave a voicemail message.

If we do not receive an explanation for an absence 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. The absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

Parents'/Carers' Responsibilities

Make sure your child arrives at school on time by 8.20am as lessons start promptly at 8.30am.

If you child arrives after 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 Taylor

The School’s Attendance Lead is Mr Nigel Glover

The Attendance Officer is Mrs Linda Wright

The Brooke Weston Trust, Education Welfare Officer 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's Education Welfare Officer.  If attendance continues to decrease, a referral to the Education Legal Panel (Local Authority) may be made for consideration of legal action.  This could include a prosecution or a Penalty Notice being issued.

 

As Thomas Clarkson Academy does not use the Education Welfare Officer from the Local Authority directly, parents can contact them through one of the District Teams. The District Teams are made up of different professionals who work together to support families, children and young people. The link below will redirect you to our information on EWOs and District Teams, and the areas they cover. If you are unsure of which team to contact, please email fis@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Contact information for Education Welfare Officers
Find your nearest District Team

Further information about attendance and the law can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council website using this link

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/search/query/?q=attendance&lan=

Further advice and guidance on this matter can be located through the Department of Education https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-attendance

 

Student Sickness Policy – In School Protocol:

If a student feels unwell they must report to Student Services, The student’s attendance will be checked and the situation will be considered.  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, without following the In School Protocol the absence will not be authorised.

 

 

 

  1. Attendance issues in the event of adverse weather