At Cromwell we seek to ensure that our pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise their true potential. The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure. All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.
The school challenge the behaviour of those pupils and parents who give low priority to attendance and punctuality.
To meet these objectives Cromwell has established an effective and efficient system of communication with pupils, parents and appropriate agencies to provide mutual information, advice and support.
Pupils can come into school from 8:40am and the school day starts promptly at 8:55am. If a child arrives at school after 8:55am without prior arrangement, he/she will be deemed late. Registers close at 9:00am and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Pupils arriving at school after 8:55am must enter through the main gates and report to the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason before the end of the normal school day must report to the office before they go so that we can ensure that they are appropriately signed out. Registers are also taken when the children return to classes after lunch. Unexplained absences will be investigated by the Welfare and Attendance Officer.
The punctuality requirements for the Secondary phase are the same as in Primary. However pupils must be present in their Form rooms at 8:50am.
What can Parents/Carers do?
- Ensure that your child attends school regularly and is always on time
- To offer a reason, or medical proof, before or on the first day of any period of absence. Absences can be reported using the ParentMail app, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (01354 692193, choose option to report student absence)
- To ensure that their child arrives at school on time, a reason should be offered for any lateness
- To work closely with the school Welfare and Attendance Officer, Mrs Terry, to resolve any problems that may impede a child’s attendance or to request support
- To take family holidays during school holiday periods. Please be aware that requests for holidays during term time will be refused, except in very exceptional circumstances, and may subsequently lead to the issue of a Penalty Notice
- To be aware of curriculum requirements and be especially vigilant with regard to attendance during important academic times such as exams
Benefits of a Good Attendance
There are many benefits of a good attendance rate and these can help define a pupil’s future. These benefits include:
- Creates a positive impression for school reference
- Improved attainment in national examinations
- Increased opportunities and awareness
- Demonstrating admirable qualities of endurance, determination and resilience
- Less risk of isolation and low self esteem
- More positive social life
Attendance rates can impact on a pupil's report and will be used in future reference checks by colleges, universities and employers.
Key things to remember
- Regular attendance is a legal requirement
- Attendance is expected to be 100%
- Good and excellent attendance will be recognised and rewarded
- If attendance falls below 96%, pupils will be monitored closely and may be referred to the LAAO (Local Authority Attendance Officer)
- Holidays taken during term time can not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances
- Medical appointments are best arranged outside the school day where possible
- Punctuality is also important and will be monitored regularly
Attendance at School from September 2021 in relation to COVID
School attendance will continue to be mandatory for all pupils from 1 September 2021 and appropriate coding will resume with few exceptions. This includes the process surrounding term-time leave and non-school attendance.
Schools will not be required to provide home/remote learning unless the criteria for this is met.
Pupils and Families who are Anxious about Attending School
It is likely that some pupils, parents and households may be reluctant or anxious about attending school. This may include pupils who:
- have themselves been shielding previously but have been advised they no longer need to shield
- live in a household where someone is clinically vulnerable (CV) or CEV (including young carers)
- are concerned about the possible increased risks from Coronavirus such as those who have certain health conditions
We are happy to discuss any concerns with parents and provide reassurance on the measures we are putting in place to reduce any risks. However, pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies.
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Children, Self-Isolation and Shielding
Clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer advised to shield. All clinically extremely vulnerable pupils should attend their education setting unless they are one of the very small number of children and young people under paediatric or other specialist care who have been advised by their clinician or other specialist not to attend.
School Leaving Age
In 2013 the government raised the participation age of school leavers, which means that every child must stay in some form of training or education until they are 18. This could be in the following:
- Full time education, e.g. sixth form or college
- An apprenticeship or traineeship
- Work or volunteering (20 hours or more a week) while in part time education or training