The Academy attendance target for 2019-2020 is 96%.

With your help, we can reach our target!

It is vital that your child attends the Academy regularly in order to learn and progress.  At the Academy, we believe that every lesson is important and that every day your son or daughter is absent has the potential to damage their achievement and affect their future.

Why is 96% attendance important?

Low attendance leads to underachievement.  Studies have shown that missing 17 Academy days per year costs a student 1 grade in each of their GCSE subjects. 17 days is equivalent to an attendance rate of 91.2%.  Of students who miss less than 5% of school, 73 percent achieve 5 A*- C GCSEs including English and maths. Therefore students with a higher % of attendance will simply achieve higher overall GCSE grades. Poor attendance can make the difference between a pass or a fail, or being accepted onto their chosen college course or not. Attendance below 95% is a concern.

The Impact

Take a typical student in Year 7 with an attendance rate of 90%. What does this mean? 90% would normally sound like a success when applied to an exam but when considering attendance, 90% is just not good enough! It is equivalent to missing ½ a day off every week. An employer would regard this as part-time! If a Year 11 student had an average attendance rate of 90%, this would be equivalent to missing half a year off school. Clearly, students should only be absent when it is completely unavoidable.

Legal Framework

Under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996, parents are responsible for ensuring that a child, of compulsory school age, attends school regularly and punctually. If a parent fails to ensure that their child attends school regularly and takes no reasonable action to secure their attendance, then we will work with Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority to initiate legal proceedings; this may involve issuing Fixed Penalty Fines and prosecution.

Missing school for a family holiday will have a huge impact on your child’s learning. Students who miss two weeks of school will miss 50 periods of learning and will never be able to make up that time.

Following changes in legislation in 2013, students are no longer entitled to take leave of absence during term time. Leave of absence during term time will only be granted under exceptional circumstances; this does not include family holidays, celebrations or weddings.

Requests for leave of absence in term time should be put in writing to the Principal by letter or email. The Principal’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

If parents take their children out of the Academy without making a request, or if parents still take their child out of the Academy after a request has been denied, the absence will be marked as unauthorised and a Penalty Notice Fine by Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority will be issued.

Working Together

Students are actively involved in achieving the highest attendance figures for themselves and their community and we encourage parents/carers to support us in driving up the attendance figures of our Academy.  We hope and expect that all parents will encourage their child to attend regularly and punctually.  We believe this is not just important from an academic point of view but also in creating responsible citizens.

What can you do to help us?

Always keep us informed. If your child is unable to attend the Academy, for whatever reason, please contact the Academy by 8.30am to explain the reason for the absence. Reception is open to take calls from 8.00am.

Parents will be contacted, and home visits made if we do not receive any notification of a student absence.

We urge parents not to take students out of the Academy unless absolutely necessary.  Please try to arrange medical appointments outside of the Academy day wherever possible and in certain circumstances, parents may be asked to provide medical evidence to explain why their child is absent.

It is absolutely essential that we work together in removing any attendance barriers. Raising your child’s attendance means that we are raising their chances of succeeding. Quite simply, if they are not here – they cannot learn.