We have many families who support us by sending their child to school , every day, on time and so we are writing to you to formally say ‘thank you’ for your support. We also wanted to remind you of the importance of strong attendance, and of our attendance procedures.
There is a direct relationship between excellent attendance and successful exam outcomes and future life chances.
Students with the poorest attendance, more often than not, progress less well than other students. There is lots of evidence which shows a direct link between strong attendance and strong outcomes in every year groups and at every assessment point from Reception to Year 11. Put bluntly, students whose attendance drops achieve significantly lower outcomes. We have placed a figure of 96% as a minimum attendance expectation for all students to ensure that, together, we are able to ensure your child is able to reach their full potential.
As a school we would therefore very much appreciate your continued support in making sure that your child misses as little learning time as possible. Check out Attendance leaflet or our Attendance Policy for more information.
During these exceptional times please also read our further Covid Attendance Guidance (Sept 2020)
Communication with school
Temple Learning Academy has an absence line for parents/carers to use. Please can parents/carers phone in by 8.15am on every day of absence and leave a message. The phone number is 01132 645456.
If your child is absent for any reason please can you ring school each day to notify us (unless you have stated a specific number of days).
We need daily calls to ensure your child is safe.
Students need to remember to sign-in at reception if they are late for school or if they are leaving school during the day, either for a medical appointment or other reasons. We would really appreciate medical and dental appointments not being made during the school day wherever possible. However, we understand that this is not always something that you can control. Afternoon appointments are best because students are likely to miss less of the school day. As a school we only authorise a maximum of half a day for a single medical appointment; there are exceptions to this if a pupil is having a course of lengthy or specialist medical treatment.
Statutory Attendance Marks
The statutory marks for a student’s attendance are taken every morning and every afternoon – these make up the 100% attendance mark for the day. If a student fails to attend before the registers close they will lose their AM mark and therefore only be able to achieve 50% attendance for the day.
We expect all students to be in lessons and ready to learn on time. We record centrally any minutes late which a student accrues.
The department for Education identifies attendance below 90% as ‘persistent absence’. If a pupil was to end the academic school year on 90% attendance, this would equate to four whole weeks off school. This would mean 20 days, or over 100 hours, of missed learning.
The Learning Mentors and Inclusion Team monitor each student’s attendance very closely, and especially those who are at risk of falling into this category. We write home to inform you when your child’s attendance drops to around the 92% level. Students who have this level of attendance will be invited into school, along with yourselves, to meet with the Learning Mentors for a School Attendance Meeting (SAM).
At this meeting we will look for opportunities to support an improvement in attendance; as a part of this process, internal attendance targets will be set.
Students who do not make an improvement in attendance following a SAM meeting, or those with a track record of weaker attendance, will be invited to a further formal meeting involving the Educational Welfare Officer and representatives from the school. These meetings set a formal set of attendance targets which, if not met, may lead to the prosecution of the parent/carer for failing to ensure adequate attendance of the child. Further details on the formal stages of our attendance procedures may be found in our Attendance Policy on the school website.
Holidays in Term Time
The Government changed the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations in relation to term time holidays on 1st September 2013.
As a result, Head Teachers can no longer allow any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. This means that holidays in term time will not be authorised and will be marked as an unauthorised absence in the school register.
Unauthorised absences may result in a Penalty Notice being issued under the provisions of the Education Act 1996 (as amended) which means that you could be fined for your child’s absence.
Note: Payment of a Penalty Notice (from September 2013), if paid within 21 days, is £60 per parent/carer, per child. If you do not pay within 21 days the fine is increased to £120 and you have a further 7 days to make this payment in full.
Non-payment of a Penalty Notice within the total 28-day period could result in the commencement of criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.
The issuing of Penalty Notices relates to any unauthorised absence. Authorisation of absence is at the Head Teacher’s discretion and if your child is absent for any reason such as illness, you may be required to provide school with evidence of the absence such as a medical appointment card or prescription.
Information on penalty notices is also available on the Leeds City Council and DFE websites.
If you are experiencing any difficulties that are affecting your child’s attendance, the school and the Cluster want to work with you to support you. Please contact the school in the first instance.