Attend to Achieve!
Excellent attendance is essential for a student to achieve their full potential.
The Priory School’s attendance target is for every student to achieve:
We view any student not achieving this as a concern although we appreciate that for a very small minority there will be extenuating circumstances which prevent this from happening.
If a student’s attendance falls to below 92% you will be asked to provide medical evidence to support the absence so that it can be authorised.
Any student whose attendance is below 90% regardless of the reason, will be considered persistently absent by both the school and the government and this is when Surrey Inclusion Service may become involved.
A fixed penalty notice will be issued for unauthorised holidays.
If absence is known in advance please complete a Request for Leave of Absence form.
If absence was not planned, please use Edulink to report the student’s absence by 8:30am or if this is not possible call 01306 878 784
What can parents and carers do to ensure that their child doesn’t miss out on important teaching and learning?
We know that high attendance at school and achieving high grades are linked. Take a look at the table chart to see how attendance affects grades. Click on each circle to reveal how attendance affects results.
Great chance of achieving your GCSE targets.
The attendance target for every student.
Significantly reduced chance of academic success.
Less chance of achieving GCSE targets.
Serious attendance concern. You are unlikely to achieve your GCSE targets. Research shows that you will underachieve by a grade per subject.
Further Attendance Information
Please click on the headings below for further information
95 – 92%
Unauthorised absences may be on the attendance record
- The student will have an initial discussion with their Tutor to discuss their overall attendance.
- Any underlying issues will be able to be fully discussed and parents and carers will be notified when required.
- Parents will receive a letter of concern and asked to contact the tutor.
- Attendance will be monitored each week by the school to ensure that it moves towards the school target of 96%.
- Where attendance does not improve or where a student has regular unauthorised absences, or parents continue to fail to notify the school of the reasons, students will be automatically be moved to Phase 2 or 3.
92% or below
Unsatisfactory attendance level
There are unauthorised absences on the attendance record.
- Parents will receive a ‘need to provide evidence’ letter and will be asked to contact the Head of Year. Concerns will be discussed to support students and families in finding a positive way forward and to agree actions to improve the student’s attendance.
- Where there are frequent absences due to illness, the school will request that medical evidence is provided before any further absences are authorised. Medical evidence may take the form of a dated prescription, a prescribed medicine package with the child’s name and the date of issue or, an appointment card, dated with the child’s name on.
- Please note that only the Headteacher, or delegated staff members can authorise school absence.
Significantly below satisfactory attendance level
Unauthorised absences remain on the attendance record
- Students’ attendance that is 90% or below is categorised as persistent absence by the Department for Education
- Parents will be invited to attend a formal Attendance Review Meeting with senior staff present where further agreements will be made and expectations clearly shared.
- Where concerns persist, school is required to complete a formal referral to the Local Education Authority for irregular attendance.
Failure to improve
Risk of Local Authority prosecution for irregular attendance
- Parents/Guardians have a duty to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school and failure to do so is an offence under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996.
- Where the Local Education Authority feel that there is sufficient evidence that an offence has been committed under the Education Act, section 444, the case will be recommended to be placed before the court. If parents are found guilty of the offence this will include a fine of up to £2,500 and the court can also impose imprisonment for up to three months.
Arrive on time
Students are expected to be in school and lining up for lesson by 8:50am for an 8:55am lesson start.
What happens if students are late
The student will be at a disadvantage. The student may miss important content at the start of the lesson and interrupt learning.
Students who are more than 5 minutes late will be required to complete a breaktime detention.
Persistent lateness – the tutor will require a meeting with students and parents to discuss lateness.
We welcome the opportunity to engage with parents and carers about their child’s attendance.
Please contact school to let us know if there are any issues that are affecting punctuality or attendance.
Early intervention and student support sits at the heart of our approach to raising levels of student attendance and achievement.
Student Leave of Absence Information and Supporting Evidence
Current attendance regulations state that a Headteacher may not grant a leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Parents do not have the automatic right to withdraw pupils from school and, in law, have to apply for permission in advance.
Exceptional circumstances are defined as exceptional, significant family events or circumstances, and will be considered on a case by case basis. The Headteacher will consider every request individually.
Some of the examples of what will not meet exceptional circumstances criteria are:
- Cheaper holidays in the UK or abroad
- Family Day Trips
- Relatives coming to visit
- Visiting family or friends
- Attending family weddings or visits to see family abroad
You are advised not to make any arrangements until your request has been considered by the school. If you withdraw your child without prior permission, you can be fined.
If your child is away from school during this period it will be recorded as Unauthorised Absence. As a school we are obliged to inform you that you may be subject to a Penalty Notice if your child’s absence from school is unauthorised.
The Penalty Notice fine would be £60 per parent, per child if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 per parent, per child if paid between 21-28 days. If the fine is not paid within 28 days you may be prosecuted under S444.1 of the Education Act 1996.
I must advise you that if the prosecution takes place, the maximum fine is £1,000 per parent, per child. This reflects the seriousness of unauthorised absence from school.
Please fill out this form to request a leave of absence for your child.