At The Ruth Gorse Academy we recognise that there is a very clear relationship between the regularity with which students attend school and their academic achievement.
Your child must be in their form room for 8.25am. Students arriving at any time after this time will receive a late mark.
The benefits to students with good attendance
- Continuity of learning in lessons
- Improved performance in examinations
- Support and guidance with coursework
- Maintaining friendships
- Developing good habits for adult life
- References for further education or employment highlighting their reliability
Actions that could be taken due to poor attendance
- Home visit letters
- Letter 1 (2 weeks to improve)
- Letter 2 (2 weeks to improve)
- Attendance Panels – as part of the pre-prosecution process, you may be invited to an attendance panel if your child’s attendance lowers. There will then be a fixed 4 week monitoring period during which we expect to see vast improvements in your child’s attendance.
- If there are still no improvements your case could be passed on to the authorities for possible prosecution in either Family or Magistrates court
The attendance process
- If your child is absent from the academy you must telephone the academy on the first day of absence before 9.00 am and provide a reason
- If we receive no confirmation of the reason you will receive a phone call home from our attendance officer
- After an absence from the Academy, you must bring a separate letter (not just a note in your planner) for your Form Tutor on the day you return to explain the reason for absence
- On returning to the Academy it is your responsibility to catch up on work missed
- If your child is absent for more than 3 days then you will receive a phone call home or a home visit to see if any support is required
- If your child’s attendance drops below 94% it will be monitored
- If your child’s attendance drops below 90% then they will be put on the persistent absentee list