Attendance – Information for Parents
Attendance above 98% - very good and a cause for celebration
Attendance between 96.1% and 98% - a cause for concern and will be monitored
Attendance between 90.1% and 96% - will lead to direct contact with parents and potential referral to the Educational Social Worker if there is no evidence of improvement.
Attendance below 90.1% - is categorised as Persistent Absence
Low attendance can be improved dramatically by your child having full attendance for the rest of the academic year.
The Government defines Persistent Absence as missing 10% of school sessions. This means that any student who has missed 7 sessions (half days) or 3 ½ days in this first half term will be classified as Persistently Absent and will be registered with Education Bradford and the Department for Education as such. The threshold figure for the first full term (to Christmas) is 14 sessions or 7 full days of absence.
Persistent absence is a serious problem for students. Much of the work children miss when they are off school is never made up, leaving these students at a considerable disadvantage for the remainder of their school career.
The Department for Education highlights the clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement:
Medical or dental appointment
Missing registration for a medical or dental appointment is counted as an authorised absence. Parents are encouraged to make appointments out of school hours. Where this is not possible, the student should only be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment and school should be informed in advance. If your child is present, or returns after a medical appointment, for part of a school session (morning or afternoon) then they will be marked present. If evidence of an appointment is not provided then this will be marked as an unauthorised absence.
School treats such an absence as authorised when it is due to religious observance. The day must be exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which the parents belong. In accordance with government regulations, students are given an absent mark and not a present mark.
Holidays during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. If parents take their child out of school without permission the absence must be recorded as unauthorised.
In all other cases of absence please inform the school as to the reason for your child’s absence to allow the school to decide if the absence can be authorised.
In summary, if your child misses school for any reasons except for participation in a school-related activity then they will be marked as absent and this will count against their overall school attendance.
If the school has a concern over the large number, or pattern, of unauthorised absences then this may be referred to Bradford Council for consideration of a Penalty Notice. The penalty notice is £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days and £120 per parent per child if paid after this date but within 28 days.