Attendance & Punctuality – Parents’ Guide
Absence due to Illness
If your child is too ill to come to school, you must contact the school 0161 7402185 via option 1, before 8.30am to inform them of the reason for your child’s absence.
If your child is absent for more than one day then a copy of the School Medical certificate or your child’s prescription will be required. If this is not received, the absences will be classed as unauthorised and could lead to further action being taken. Parents / carers are required to update the school office each day of their child’s absence.
Absences due to other circumstances
Should you feel you have to keep your child off school for any reason and this is unavoidable, then permission from the Principal must first be requested via a completed Request for Absence of Leave Form, which should be returned to the school office together with proof of whereabouts of your child whilst not in school. If this evidence is not received, this absence will not be authorised.
(Other unavoidable emergency absences, such as a family bereavement, will be considered carefully on an individual basis. Please ensure that school is contacted and informed of the emergency.)
Medical & Dental Appointments
Please make all GP and Dental appointments out of school hours.
Please only take your child from school for medical or dental appointments shortly before their appointment time, and return them to school immediately after.
If your appointment is from 10am onwards in the morning, please bring your child to school first for registration.
Please provide proof of all appointments to the school office – such as appointment cards or appointment letters.
Please be aware that we understand hospital appointments cannot always be made out of school time and we do appreciate that these cannot be changed. However, please still provide a copy of your appointment letter or card in order for this to be authorised.
Application for Leave of Absence during term time
Requests for absences to travel out of the UK or out of the Manchester area must be applied for in advance by completing and returning a Request for Absence of Leave Form to the Principal.
Holidays are not permitted during term time.
Absences of this nature shall be considered by the Principal on an individual basis and shall only be authorised in Special Circumstances. Proof of circumstance and flight details will be requested as evidence.
Penalty Notices will be issued to parents who take their children out of school without authorisation or permission.
We request that proof is provided to the school for any absences due to illness which are immediately before a leave of absence or immediately after.
We also require proof of any absences due to illness or other authorised circumstances on the first day of a term and the last day of a term. (This is to ensure pupils do not finish terms early or start the new term late)
If you are unsure of when our school closes and re-opens, please ask at the office.
The school doors opens at 8:45am ready for the school day to start at 8:55am. Children should be in their classroom at this time. Any child arriving after 9.00am must enter the school via the school office where the accompanying adult must explain the reason for being late.
The parents of children who are persistently arriving after the registration has closed at 9.10 am will be contacted by the Attendance Officer. Further meetings and offers of support may be discussed to improve the child’s punctuality.
Registration closes at 9.10am. Children arriving after the close of the register will be recorded as late.
Late arrival disrupts the learning and focus of those children who are ready and willing to begin their day as well as those who have arrived late. We have this rule in order that children learn vital life skills and are prepared for the day ahead.
Attendance and Punctuality at EACT Blackley Academy is viewed as a shared responsibility of the school staff, governors, parents, pupils and the wider community.
We welcome new ideas and strategies on how to help us improve the attendance and punctuality of our pupils.
We offer support to pupils and their families around issues relating to attendance and punctuality.
Our rules and regulations around attendance and punctuality are there to ensure the safety and well-being of your children, and to ensure that every pupil is given the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve their potential.
Do you know having……..
97.5% means your child has missed 10 sessions (5 days)
95% means your child has missed 19 sessions (9.5 days)
92.5% means your child has missed 28 sessions (14 days)
90% means they have missed 38 sessions (19 days)
87.5% means your child has missed 48 sessions (24 days)
85% means your child has missed 57 sessions (28.5 days) half a term
82.5% means your child has missed 66 sessions (33 days)
80% means your child has missed 76 sessions (38 days) 8 weeks
Attendance really matters!
Thank you for your ongoing support.