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Attendance at Broadoak Academy

At Broadoak, we do not rest on meeting potential, we maximize potential and look beyond it because we care that every student moves onto the next stage of their journey with the confidence to succeed.

This means that as a school community we will be relentless in supporting every student to have the highest possible attendance.

In line with this, here are our expectation for student attendance throughout the school day:

  • 8am – The school site is open for breakfast, all students are welcome
  • 8.30am – All students should be arriving onto site
  • 8.35 am – Gates close
  • 8.45am – All students in tutor group for registration – the register is a legal document
  • 9.05am- 3pm – Lessons are active, students need to be on time for all lessons

Reporting Student Absence

To report a student absence parents/carers must phone Broadoak Academy reception on 01934 422000 by 8.30am on each day of absence for safeguarding purposes. Please do not text, email or leave a message as it is important you speak to a member of the attendance team.

We appreciate that illness occurs, however we would encourage you to support us by building your child’s resilience and to only keep them at home if necessary. Reasonable adjustments of support can be applied to continue your child’s learning once they return to school.

We have qualified first aid trained staff on site. If your child feels ill, they need to go to the office to be assessed. If the school makes the decision that your child needs to go home, we will contact you to arrange collection. Students are NOT to contact home themselves as this can cause several issues in addition to the fact that your child should not be using their phone during the school day.

Why is attendance important?

There are a number of reasons why attendance is important, here is some information from the Department for Education:

  1. The school legally reports daily what the attendance figure is. The government target is 96%.
  2. Attainment is linked to attendance – “Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in secondary school” (Gov guidance May 2022)
  3. The government expects parents/carers to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school to attend regularly. (Gov guidance May 2022)
  4. Parents/Carers have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child is punctual to their lessons (Gov guidance May 2022)
  5. Prepares students for the next step on education pathway / workforce.
  6. Life Skills / Time Keeping / Independence – catching public transport, being on time for a job, appointment or for a club / team.

Attendance on Classcharts

Parents/Carers have had the details of Classcharts, the online platform (mobile app) that supports the communication between home, student and school.

Classcharts will be used to log positive / negative behaviours. Parents/Carers can see live updates through the Classcharts app (please contact your child’s tutor if you require the access code resent).

All positive attendance choices will be rewarded.

Attendance sanctions will be given for the following:

  • 5 x late to lesson / tutor = automatically generates an afterschool detention
  • Truancy from lesson, student is on site but choosing not to go to lesson
  • Truancy off-site – student walks out of school without permission

On Classcharts, all positive rewards are green, sanctions are red; the target for each student’s “pizza” is to be as green as possible.

The school monitors attendance daily, and lesson by lesson. Where there is a drop, this could trigger several different interventions, strategies and support. This could include letters, meetings, attendance contracts, home visits, support plans, involvement of external agencies or a fine (FPN – Fixed Penalty Notice).

All students and parents/carers should know their child’s attendance.

Thank you for your support on raising the aspirations of all the students at Broadoak. If you would like to discuss your child’s attendance, please contact their tutor in the first instant.

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