We would like to remind you about the importance of good attendance and punctuality, which as a school we take very seriously. Days off school soon add up and missing lessons makes it hard to catch up, resulting in students having to work harder when they come back and missing vital information that will prevent their progress. There are 175 non-school days a year for holidays, cultural experiences and family time
It may be useful for you to know what attendance figures mean for your child.
Reporting an absence
Arriving late to school and into lessons is very disruptive for the teacher and other class members. It also means that late students themselves miss important input from teachers. If for whatever reason you know your child will be arriving late, please call the school or provide your child with a written note. Late students must sign in at the Late Gate if between 08.50am-09.10am. After 9.10am, students must sign in at the Main Reception. If a student arrives late three times in one week without a genuine reason they will be issued with an after-school detention.
Examples of authorised absence
Please help your child to maintain good attendance by booking doctor, dentist, and optician appointments either in the school holidays, in the afternoon, after school or at weekends.
Please provide the school with an appointment card/letter if your child needs to leave school for an appointment. If no evidence is provided, this may lead to your child leaving school late and missing their appointment.
If your child feels unwell in school, they must see a first aider or member of the Medical Team, who will then contact you should your child need to go home.
Requests for absence during term time
The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning. You may consider that a holiday will be educational, but your child will miss out on the teaching that their classmates will receive during your holiday. Attendance is vital to academic success and lost education poses a potential risk of under achievement. This is something we all have a responsibility to avoid.
If you consider your request for absence to be an exceptional circumstance, then please complete the Application for Authorised Leave Form which can be collected from Main Reception school.
Any trends or patterns of unauthorised absence, for example, returning late to school after each half term or holiday, may also result in a referral being made to either Early Help (Local Authority Intervention) or an automatic Penalty Notice Referral.
Thank you for your support in ensuring excellent attendance and attainment at St Augustine’s High School.
Mr E Moriarty