Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Attendance and Punctuality

Good attendance and punctuality are essential if children are to succeed at the Academy, in fact research shows that there is a direct link between good attendance and academic progress and achievement.

All students must make every effort to attend the Academy every day. However we accept that some students may become ill or have other genuine reasons for absence. Therefore we aim to ensure that no students’ attendance falls below 97%. If a child is absent, the Academy must be notified on the first day. A written explanation will need to be handed in when the student returns. Please note that the Academy will not authorise holidays taken during term times.

We believe that it is important that our students are prepared for the start of each day and for each lesson by ensuring they arrive on time. In reception and years 1-2, students are expected to arrive at the Academy by 9am.  In years 3-6 they must arrive by 8.50am.  Nursery start times are 8.45am and 12.15pm. Punctuality is monitored closely. Students who do arrive late will receive a mark against their attendance record, and if this is a persistent problem a meeting will be arranged with you to ensure improvement.

Illness, Accidents, Medicines and Signing out of the Academy

During the Academy day if, at any time, a child feels unwell or has an accident they they can inform a member of staff straight away. Our staff put the welfare and safety of the children first at all times. If we are concerned about your child we will always contact you.  Children who leave the Academy during the day for illness or appointments must be signed out.

Medicines

If your child needs to take any form of prescribed medication at the Academy you must come to the school office with the medication  Certain doses of prescribed medication can be administered by staff however individual cases should be discussed with a First Aider and a consent form signed.  Non prescription medication cannot be administered but you are welcome to come in during the school day to do this yourself.

Under no circumstances should any student leave the Academy for any reason without permission and following the correct procedures. If you need to take your child to a medical appointment then you will need to bring official confirmation of that appointment and show it to a member of office staff who may take a copy.  As far as possible, appointments should be made outside school hours to avoid disruption to your child's learning.