Ark Boulton Academy believes that regular and punctual school attendance is vital for high achievement in order that students can reach their best potential. Good attendance and punctuality depend on a partnership between students, parents, carers, the academy and outside bodies. For its part, the academy expects the following from students and parents and itself:
Students are expected to:
- Attend the academy regularly.
- Arrive good time, for line-up at 8.15am each morning. (School gates close at 8.15am, so all students must be on site before this).
- Attend all lessons promptly.
Parents are expected to:
- Make sure that their children attendthe academy regularly.
- Make sure that their children arrive at the academy in good time, for line-up at 8.15am each morning.
- Contact the academy by telephone (0121 773 8156) on the first day of absence if their child is unable to attend for any reason, followed by a written note on return.
- Ensure that their children are in full academy uniform.
- Ensure that their children are properly equipped for school.
- Arrange medical appointments outside academy time where possible.
- Ensure that no holidays are booked during term time.
- Contact their child’s tutor to discuss any concerns that they may have and which could affect their child’s attendance.
- Ensure that the school has up to date contact details.
- Where a student's attendance is not good (i.e. below 96%) provide documentary evidence of medical conditions that have an ongoing effect on attendance.
Ark Boulton Academy is expected to:
- Register students efficiently and accurately during lesson AM and again during PM in accordance with current regulations.
- Staff are expected to use the Academy's Information Management System to record at each lesson and at registration, the attendance, lateness and authorised absence data
- Pastoral staff will telephone parents if a child is absent.
- Follow up on continued absence by inviting parents in to discuss the situation and refer poor attendance on to the relevant authorities.
- Emphasise at all times the importance of good attendance.
- Regard non-attendance as a safeguarding issue and take steps to address this in order to enure the safety and well being of all students.
- Conduct home visits to address attendance, safeguarding and well being issues.
- Promote attendance by taking account of each student’s individual needs.
- Co-operate fully with other agencies to encourage punctual attendance at school.
- Provide regular reports on each student’s attendance to parents.
- Set demanding yet realistic targets for whole academy attendance.
- Reward students with positive attendance.
You can read the full policy here: Attendance Policy 2017 - 2018