At The De La Salle Academy we have launched a new attendance initiative. We have revised our procedures and will be working with parents and carers to improve attendance and punctuality. This is because research has shown regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in pupils achieving their full potential. The De La Salle Academy is committed to providing a full and efficient education to all, and encouraging our children to strive for excellence. Therefore, for a pupil to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of attendance is essential.
We wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your son attends school every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties but we are also committed to improving attendance levels at The De La Salle Academy.
The target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 97% attendance. Based on current attendance figures your son will be placed in one of the following groups below. Your son will be informed of their Attendance Group by their Form Tutor.
|Group 1: No Concern - Green Group|
|The child attends for 98% - 100% of the time.|
|Group 2: Concern - Yellow Group|
|The child attends for 95% - 97.9% of the time.|
|Group 3: Risk of Underachievement – Amber Group|
|The child attends for 90% - 94.9% of the time.|
|Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement – Pink Group|
|The child attends for 85% - 89.9% of the time.|
|Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement – Red Group|
|The child attends for 0% - 84.9% of the time.|
Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for pupils to maximize their learning, and achieve full potential here at The De La Salle Academy. There are a number of important steps that you can take to ensure your child maintains a high level of attendance:
- Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Lesson time begins at 8.30am.
- Ensure the academy has up to date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you by text or by telephone if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. This ensures that truancy is quickly identified.
- If your son is ill, contact the academy and provide an explanatory note on their return to the academy. Please make sure you telephone the academy every day your child is absent.
- If you wish to check that your child has arrived at the academy please contact Mrs. J Lindsay the attendance lead in the Academy. She will inform you if your child has been registered.
- If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised. Ultimately the academy is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will be asked to provide medical certificates if your child has a poor attendance record.
- Ensure that medical appointments are made outside of academy time.
- Avoid trivial absence such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.
- Holidays should not be taken in school time. Holidays will not be authorised during term time.
- Respond to Academy letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.
- Contact your son’s teacher or Pastoral Leader if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into the Academy every day.
For unplanned absences please ring the Academy on 0151 546 3134 and select the appropriate menu option for student absence. A note, explaining the reason for the absence, should accompany your son on their return.
Whenever possible please make all medical appointments outside of school hours. If an appointment is made in school time your son should come to school first and/ or return after their appointment. For planned medical appointments please ensure a copy of the appointment (slip or letter) is sent to the school office or the absence may be unauthorised.
Holidays in Term Time
In accordance with Government guidelines your son should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. Recent changes to the regulations state that the principal may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. For more information, advice or guidance please contact the Academy.