Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to inform you of a few changes that we will be trialling in the summer term with regards to behaviour and attendance ahead of the new school year in September.
I am sure you will agree that it is vital for our students to be in school on time, and in their lessons punctually. All research on the issue shows a direct correlation between how often students are in school and their academic outcomes. Research can be found here.
As a school we have already made contact with parents of students that fall into the persistent absentee (PA) category – those with attendance below 90% – to encourage them to ensure their child is in school regularly.In addition to this, we will be trialling the following changes from Monday 20 June;
- If students arrive to lessons more than 5 minutes late (without a note from a teacher), they will be given a D3 detention (75 minutes served on the same day). To assist with this, we will be having 2 bells for each lesson – one to end the previous lesson and one to begin the next one. Our expectation will be that students come into the lesson promptly, stand behind their desks and get their REP out before the second bell.
- If students arrive at school more than half an hour late (KS3 after 9.15, KS4 after 9.55), they will be given a D3 detention, rather than the normal 30 minute sanction. Obviously, if there is a good reason as to why they were late (i.e. medical appointment), which we are informed of by parents, we will use a common sense approach to applying this sanction. Please note that the students oversleeping or traffic on the roads etc are not acceptable excuses.
The local authority has the legal power to issue £120 Penalty Notices for both attendance and punctuality – if a student has been absent for 10 sessions (5 days) in a 12 week period, or if a student is late to 12 sessions in a 6 week period. We will of course always work with families to improve students attendance and punctuality, but should we need to refer families for this course of action, we shall do. This would of course be done on a case by case basis.
In addition to this, I would ask that you speak to your child about the use of personal electronic equipment and of course our school operates a ‘See it, Hear it – Lose it’ policy. I would ask you to support this by not calling or messaging your child when they are in school. If they need to contact you, they can do so via the school office.
If you have any questions, queries or feedback, please do not hesitate in contacting me via email – email@example.com.
No one likes to sanction students, but I am sure that you will agree that anything that ensures our young people are in school and develop good and scholarly habits in terms of their attendance and punctuality are worth it. These are important skills that the students need in later life.
I would ask that you speak with your about their attendance and punctuality to ensure that they are attending school and on time.
Deputy Head – Pastoral