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Attendance

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At Temple Learning Academy our aim is for every student to have excellent attendance and punctuality. 

Research shows that students who attend school regularly make better progress academically. Excellent attendance not only supports students academically, but also socially, as well as preparing them for the world of work.

All students should be striving for 100% attendance to make the most of the opportunities offered at Temple Learning Academy through their lessons and social times. These choices will have a positive impact on your child's future.

Attendance Policy - pending Governor Ratification


Support Available

There are multiple ways to access support in improving your child's attendance - firstly, we would urge you to contact the Attendance Team at school. We are committed to supporting you in improving your child's attendance, and we would always seek to work with you to solve any issues. 

For further information, please contact Leeds City Council - please see here for a clear guide

 

The attendance team is available every school day between 8am and 4.00pm. They can be contacted via phone 0113 2645456 (option 1) and by email via TLAAttendance@tla.rklt.co.uk

 


National Comparisons

It is widely proven that good attendance results in good attainment outcomes. The government guideline for good attendance is 96% - however, in these uncertain times it is acknowledged that this may not be possible, but is still something to strive for. 

The info graphic below shows the effect that good attendance has on GCSE outcomes - please bear this in mind when encouraging your child to attend school.

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Rewards

We reward good attendance each half term with a large-scale attendance event. We also praise and reward students during form times and assemblies. We are aiming for 100% attendance, so students who have this each half term proudly wear their yellow wristbands. This grants them access to the main attendance event each half term, as well as to other prizes and opportunities. These students show great resilience in achieving 100% attendance, but we do recognise that in some cases, absence from school is unavoidable. We therefore grant exceptions, for example, for the following reasons: attending a specialist medical appointment relating to a long-term illness or medical condition and to grieve for and attend a funeral of a family member. All exceptions will be addressed on a case by case basis and relies on the parent/carer to inform school in good time. 

Punctuality

We expect all students to be on time for school. Secondary students must arrive at the gate by 8:21am in order to be on time for their first lesson which begins at 8:25am. If your child is late, they will given a same day break time detention. Further lateness will result in further sanctions. We appreciate parent/carer support in ensuring your child is on time to school to set them up well for the day, and to ensure they do not miss any learning opportunities.

The gate on Cartmell Drive will be locked at 8:30am and again at 3:30pm. The primary gate is open until 9:00am and 4:10pm, but only for primary students to access the Primary Reception area. Any student arriving after 8.30am will need to use the main reception gate. If students leave school after 3:30pm, again they will need to leave via the main entrance. 


Holidays in Term Time

We will not authorise any holiday during term time. Should a parent/carer choose to take their child out of school during term time, we will discuss the case with Leeds City Council to process a penalty fine.

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. You still need to request a holiday form should you be taking your child on holiday during term time - please come to Main Reception to collect one. 

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.

 


Absence

If your child is unwell and cannot attend school, parents/carers must contact the Attendance Team as soon as possible, and by no later than 8:15am on each morning of absence. 

Please ensure you give your child's name, year group, their reason for absence, and expected date of return. 

All appointments should be made outside of school time. Where this is not possible, for example if it is a specialist appointment, please ensure you ring the Attendance office in advance, and provide proof of the appointment - for example, an appointment letter or text. 

School Contact Information

Whilst we understand children get unwell, school only authorise two episodes of illness throughout the academic year.  Any further absences relating to illness will be recorded as unauthorised unless medical evidence is provided. Medical evidence can include appointment cards, screen shots of emails or texts confirming appointments, or prescriptions for medication. 

Please note that if your child’s attendance is low, we may not authorise any absences without medical evidence and schools reserve the right not to authorise illness absences at any time.

With regard to safeguarding, our policy states that we must see students every 3 days of absence to complete a safe and well check.  In cases where students are off in excess of this, an Attendance Improvement Officer will come to the home to complete this.  Visits to the home will also be conducted where we have not been provided with a reason for absence or where a student’s attendance is low.

Attendance concerns will be addressed early, and we will seek to support students and families at all times. It is my duty to remind you that parents have a legal responsibility, as outlined in Section 444 of the Education Act (1996), to ensure that their children attend school regularly and on time.  Government legislation empowers schools and local authorities to take action against families when a child’s attendance has dropped below 90% without good reason.  In cases where a student’s attendance continues to be an issue, Temple Learning Academy will make a referral to Leeds City Council and this may include a request for legal intervention.

If you wish to request leave for your child, for any reason, you will need to complete an exceptional circumstances request form. These can be accessed from the main office in school and will need to be completed regardless of length of, or reason for, absence. 

We understand that some of our older students drop young siblings off at school. If this applies to your children, you need to notify us by emailing TLAAttendance@tla.rklt.co.uk. If your children attend TLA, we can make arrangements so that both of your children arrive at school on time.  When collecting students we ask that all parents/carers wait in the Primary waiting area.

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Temple Learning Academy is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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