Thomas Clarkson Academy is a great place to be and all students should attend every day. Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child receives an education suitable to his/her age, ability and aptitude and any special needs. The only reasons for absence should be through illness or an exceptional circumstance (see below) and every absence must be explained by their parent or carer. In some instances, evidence may be required. No more than three consecutive days of absence will be authorised without supporting medical evidence.
If you know or think that your child is having difficulties attending school you should contact the Learning Community concerned. It is better to do this sooner rather than later, as most problems can be dealt with very quickly.
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 voice mail message. Parents or carers should phone the Academy on the first day of their child's absence before 8.30am.
If we do not receive an explanation for an absence, it will be recorded as unauthorised.
Exceptional circumstances for absence include:
- Unavoidable medical or dental appointments; students should return to school after the appointment (evidence required). Appointments should be arranged after school or during school holidays where possible
- Days of religious observance
- Exceptional family circumstances, such as bereavement
- An interview with a prospective employer or college (evidence required)
If your child is absent and we have not heard from you by 8.30am the Education Welfare Officer and/or Academy staff may visit your home.
Make sure your child arrives at school on time by 8:25am as lessons start promptly at 8.30am.
If your child arrives after the register has closed, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence for that session. If evidence is supplied that lateness was due to a medical appointment, the absence can then be authorised. Consequences of lateness include after school sessions to catch up work missed.
The school's Attendance Leader is Mr Nigel Glover.
The Attendance Officer responsible for attendance and admissions is Mrs L Wright.
The Brooke Weston Trust Education Welfare Officer is Mrs M Boyd.
If your child’s attendance is unsatisfactory and not improving despite support from Thomas Clarkson Academy, we will make a referral to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO). If attendance fails to improve the EWO may consider taking legal action.
Thomas Clarkson Academy and the Brooke Weston Trust are working with the Local Authority to issue fixed penalty notices for parents taking students on holiday in term time, resulting in low attendance. For more details click on the link below.