Attendance and Absence

Raise your child’s attendance – Raise their chances

At Outwood Academy Carlton excellent attendance and punctuality is our aim for every student. Full attendance maximises learning opportunities and parents/carers have a critical role in promoting good attitudes in attendance. We ask for support from parents/carers to ensure that their children are present at every opportunity, arrive on time and to avoid allowing children to stay at home unnecessarily, or taking them out of school without authorisation. Evidence shows that students who attend school regularly make better progress both academically and socially.

We monitor students’ attendance closely and will follow up unexplained absence with parents/carers, by telephone or by letter. Where a student’s attendance record reaches a concerning level, we will contact you to discuss ways in which the Academy can support you and your child. Our Academy attendance target of 95% is the minimum that we expect for all students. Every lesson counts and it is this commitment to learning that will have a positive effect on student’s examinations and their futures.

It is vitally important that your child attends school on a daily basis in order for them to achieve their full potential. If your child is ill could you please contact the academy on 01226 728494 before 09:30.

Changes to Persistent absence from September 2015.

From the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year the persistent absence threshold will change from 15 per cent to 10 per cent, this will include all students whose attendance is 90% or less. Persistent absence will be assessed on a cumulative basis so a pupil can come in and out of the category but in real terms, a child who misses 19 or more days over a full academic year will be classed as persistently absent.

The Department for Education will publish PA rates at both 15% and 10% for the current academic via the Statistical First Release (SFR) in October 2015 to enable schools and academies to begin to monitor and track data into the academic year 2015-2016.

Absence at this level is doing considerable damage to any child’s educational prospects and we need parents’/carers’ fullest support and co-operation to tackle this. Any student whose attendance has reached the PA threshold or is at risk of moving towards that threshold is given priority for intervention.

Intervention may be via:
An action plan to improve attendance will be created which may involve a EHA and referrals to other agencies alongside meetings between relevant Academy staff and parents/carers.
Where parents/carers fail to co-operate with support and strategies provided by the Academy, further advice may be sought which could lead to legal sanctions being imposed.

The School Day

Students are expected to be at school by 8:15am when the bell sounds. Students will be deemed late if they arrive after 8:25am.
08:00 – 08:25 Arrive
08:25 – 09:25 Period 1
09:25 – 10:25 Period 2
10:25 – 10:45 Break (Africa & America) VMG (Europe, Asia & Oceania)
10:45 – 11:00 VMG Break (Africa & America)
11:00 – 12:00 Period 3
12:00 – 13:30 Period 4 (Incl. 30 minute lunch)
13:30 – 14:30 Period 5
14:30 – 15:30 Enrichment (not compulsory)

Lunch times

12:00 – 12:30 (Years 9 & 10)
12:30 – 13:00 (Year 7)
13:00 – 13:30 (Years 8 & 11)

Message from your Principal, Mr Haynes

You may have heard about the recent court case regarding a parent taking his child out of school for a holiday. As a parent myself, I appreciate the huge additional cost of taking holidays during school holiday time and fully understand the dilemma that this creates for parents. However, as a Principal, I also know the devastating affect that missing time from school can have.

Though I am personally disappointed with the outcome of the court case, as far as I am concerned, it is not about a fine or a court case, it is about the message that is sent regarding the importance of attending school.

The law talks about the need for students to “attend regularly”. I think we would all agree that scoring 90% in an exam would be really pleasing and an excellent score but attending school for 90% of the time, which could be viewed as ‘attending regularly’, actually means that the student would miss 6 months of school time, over the course of their secondary education. That equates to almost 500 hours of lost learning and, no matter what is done to compensate for this, it cannot make up for this time, that would otherwise have been spent in lessons, being taught by teachers.

External research has demonstrated that there is a clear link between attendance and achievement. The chances of a student leaving school with at least 5 A*-C grades, including English and Maths, reduces by 17% for students with an attendance of 90 – 95% and by a staggering 32% for those with an attendance of 85 – 90%.

I would urge all parents to think very carefully before making a decision to take their child out of school for a holiday, or for any reason, as the impact of this in the long term, could be huge. A £60 fixed penalty notice pales into insignificance compared to the damage this can do to a child’s education, to their GCSE results and to their potential future prospects.