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Attendance & Punctuality

Good qualification, understanding responsibility, making friends and the chance to grow as an individual are all important ingredients in a child’s educational experience. For this to happen children need to attend school regularly.

Hammond Academy operates a first day calling system. This means we ask you to phone the school on the first day your child is absent. If we have not heard from you by the start of the school day, the School Attendance Officer will contact you to check the reason for your child’s absence.

We have an answer machine in operation 24 hours a day, so it is easy for you to notify us of a child’s absence please telephone 01442 404020, choosing option 1 and leave your child’s name, year group, class and reason for absence.

1 day off per school year = 99.5% attendance

10 days off per school year = 94.7%

20 days off per school year = 90% attendance

90% attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses on average:

  • a whole year off school by the time the complete their education.
  • one half day every week
  • nearly four weeks every school year
  • over one school year in a school career.

Children with poor attendance may fall behind with school work and will attract the attention of the Attendance Officer. Pupils with 90% or below attendance will be brought to the attention of the Attendance Officer and put on the monitoring list. Once on the monitoring list, any absence will require an appointment card or letter from the child’s doctors confirming their illness, before an authorised mark is granted. In extreme cases parents can face prosecution and substantial fines for failing to ensure that their child(ren) attends school.

Please note if your child gets an unauthorised late mark this will affect their overall attendance. All children should be in class by 8.45. Lateness is detrimental to your child’s learning as they miss the vital part of the lesson.

Pupil attendance as of 7 March 2017

Overall Attendance

96.2%

Attendance is your legal responsibility.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Helping Your Child to Get the Best of out School

  • Be aware of the impact of regular absences – missing school is missing out
  • Don’t let your child stay off for reasons like going shopping, birthdays, etc.
  • Avoid taking family holidays in term time – 2 weeks holiday in term time, with no other absences means your child can only ever achieve 95% attendance and misses approximately 2 terms in their education
  • Make non-urgent medical and dental appointments out of school time
  • Be involved with your child’s education and school
  • Build up good habits of punctuality and attendance – 5 minutes late everyday means missing approximately 3 days of school every year
  • If your child recovers from illness before the end of a week, send them back to school even it it’s only for one day – every day counts.

Leave of Absence (including holidays), Un-authorised Absences & Fixed Penalty Notices

Hammond School operates fixed Penalty Notices.  Unauthorised absence, including unauthorised leave of absence, may result in the Headteacher applying to the Local Authority for a Fixed Penalty Notice to be issued to parents/carers.  Please see below.

As advised by the Department for Education we are no longer permitted to authorise any leave of absence except in exceptional circumstances, which must be agreed by the Headteacher.

Fixed Penalty Notices

If a pupil has at least 15 sessions (half day = 1 session) unauthorised absence in the previous and/or current term, including holidays where permission has not been requested, or requested and denied, the Headteacher can apply for a Fixed Penalty Notice to be issued by the Local Authority. A fine of £60 is issued if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid within 28 days. Fines can be issued to each parent/carer for each child. Parents can discharge potential liability for conviction by paying the penalty.  Should the fine not be paid in full within 28 days, the Local Authority must consider prosecution.