Changes to Threshold for Persistent Absence

As from September 2015 the Government is changing the persistent absence threshold from 15% to 10%. This will mean that students whose attendance is 90% or below will be considered a persistent absentee (PA).

Attendance and punctuality is directly linked to attainment and success in education and is closely monitored by school staff. Students whose attendance is or is becoming a cause for concern will be supported by their Form Tutors, PPC and the attendance team. If required, a referral to the EWS may be made for additional support.

If a student fails to achieve 90% attendance and has 10 or more sessions (half days) of unauthorised absence recorded on the attendance register in a given period, a penalty notice may be issued by the Local Authority.

Leave of absence will not be authorised in term time. Consideration will be given to requests made under exceptional circumstances and should be requested in advance, on the appropriate request form available from school.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their support in ensuring the regular and punctual attendance of their children. If you require any further information or would like support with attendance issues please do not hesitate to contact your child’s PPC.

Mr Billings

PC Jane Tetlow: e-Safety Talk

PcTetlowPC Jane Tetlow came into school, on Tuesday, to talk to Year Eight about e-safety and some of the dangers and pitfalls they face when using many forms of social networks and electronic communications.

Pupils were shown a variety of real cases in which young people had become involved with the police, often naively or inadvertently.

The legal implications of something that many of our students use every day surprised many of them, as well as informing them and highlighting the choices they make.

PC Tetlow, in her role as Police Liaison Officer, will be coming into school regularly, from September, to work with various year groups on a number of issues, and we look forward to seeing her around school.