Attendance

 

Attendance and Punctuality

 

The school’s Attendance Policy can be found here.

 

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Absence

 

If your child is absent, please ensure it is for a genuine illness or emergency only. Please phone the school’s attendance office every day of absence, to notify school of the absence explaining the reason and length of absence expected. Please let school know by 8.15am.  The number is 01457 764006.    Please make all medical or dental appointments after school where possible. Please send the appointment card into school where possible; otherwise please put a note in your child's planner

 

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Attendance Badges

 

These badges will be awarded to students who achieve the following attendance:

 


 

Bronze Award

100% Attendance for one term


 

Silver Award

100% Attendance for two terms


 

Gold Award

100% Attendance for three terms


 
This Special Badge is awarded, in addition to the Gold Badge, to students who have achieved all three badges during an Academic Year.

 

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Attendance and Punctuality

 

Attendance & Punctuality: Information for Parents

 

Great Attendance = Great Achievement!: There is a proven link between good attendance and high achievement.  Students who have excellent attendance (97% or above) are more likely to succeed at school.  That’s why, at Longdendale High School, we encourage all of our students to aim for 100% attendance; anything less than 97% is unacceptable.  Frequent absences, can really add up and be harmful to your child’s progress at school:

 

 

How many days and lessons will I miss in…

A week?

A year?

5 years?

My % attendance is…

100%

0 days

0 days

0 days

95%

0.25 days/1 lesson

10 days/50 lessons

50 days/250 lessons

90%

0.5 days/3 lessons

20 days/100 lessons

100 days/500 lessons

85%

0.75 days/4 lessons

30 days/150 lessons

150 days/750 lessons

80%

1 day/5 lessons

40 days/200 lessons

200 days/1,000 lessons

 

Absences: If your child is unwell and unable to attend school please ensure you contact school before 9:00 am to let us know.  You need to make contact with us on every subsequent day that your son/daughter is absent.  If you fail to contact us to notify us of an absence then we will be unable to authorise your child’s absence.  If your child is absent for 3 days or more, or if you have received an attendance letter from school requesting medical evidence for absences, we kindly ask that you provide some form of medical evidence in order for us to authorise the absence (copy of doctor’s appointment card, copy of a prescription, doctor’s letter, etc.).  Students should return to school as soon as possible after their period of illness.

 

Persistent Absence: A student is deemed to be “Persistently Absent” if they have attendance below 90%. 

 

Medical Appointments: Whilst we recognise that it is not always possible to do so, we ask that you please try and arrange all medical appointments for after school or in the school holidays.  Where students have an appointment during school hours we ask that, where possible, you send your son/daughter into school before and/or after the appointment.  A full day of absence is not necessary for a medical appointment.  The school requires a copy of the medical appointment card/letter in order to authorise the time away from school.

Legal Consequences: Legally, the parents of a student with attendance below 90% could be prosecuted under the Education Act (1996).  The Borough Solicitor may consider an offence under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 which carries a maximum fine of £1000. If the Borough Solicitor determines that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute you for an offence under section 444(1a) of the Education Act 1996 for knowingly allowing your child to fail to regularly attend school, this would carry a sentence of a maximum 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine of £2,500. If a child has 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absence over a twelve week period, parents could also be issued with a Penalty Notice Fine of up to £120 per parent.

Holidays in Term Time: Legislation states that “The Head Teacher may not grant any leave of absence unless there are exceptional circumstances”.  Family holidays no longer constitute exceptional circumstances and consequently will not be authorised.  Parents/carers must apply to the Head Teacher in writing if they wish their child to have a leave of absence in term time, detailing when the absence will take place and the exceptional circumstances behind the absence.  Parents who take their child out of school in term time without the permission of the Head Teacher will be issued with a Penalty Notice fine of up to £120 per child.

 

Punctuality: All students must be in school for 8.30am. Form time begins at 8:35am. At 8.55am the student entrance is locked.  Students should proceed to the main reception where they will be marked as late. If a student is late after 8:35am they will receive a consequence from their form tutor.

 

Although you may not realise it, repeated lateness results in your child missing a lot of school and has an adverse effect on their achievement.  For example, a child who is repeatedly 10 minutes late to school every day will miss 6 days of school every year.

 

 

Time lost through LATENESS…

Minutes Late (a day)

A week

A year

Across five years at LHS

5

25 minutes

3 school days

15 school days

10

50 minutes

6 school days

30 school days

15

1 hour and 15 minutes

9 school days

45 school days

20

1 hour and 40 minutes

12 school days

60 school days

25

2 hours and 5 minutes

16 school days

80 school days

30

2 hours and 30 minutes

19 school days

95 school days

 

 

For further information about how we manage Attendance and Punctuality at Longdendale you can find the school’s attendance policy on our website, or alternatively please contact your child’s Form Tutor.

 

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Leave of Absence / Holidays

Please see the term dates for the 2018/19 academic year below.

 

If you intend to go on holiday next year, please ensure you do so during the school holidays.

 

Term/Holiday

First Day

Last day

Inset

Monday 3rd September 2018

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Autumn Term

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Friday 26th October 2018

Autumn Half Term Holidays

Monday 29th October 2018

Friday 2nd November 2018

Autumn Term

Monday 5th November 2018

Friday 21st December 2018

Christmas Holidays

Monday 24th December 2018

Friday 4th January 2019

Spring Term

Monday 7th January 2019

Friday 15th February 2019

Spring Half Term Holidays

Monday 18th February 2019

Friday 22nd February 2019

Spring Term

Monday 25th February 2019

Friday 5th April 2019

Easter Holidays

Monday 8th April 2019

Monday 22nd April 2019

Summer Term

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Friday 24th May 2019

Summer Half Term Holidays

Monday 27th May 2019

Friday 31st May 2019

Summer Term

Monday 3rd June 2019

Friday 19th July 2019

**Please note not all INSET dates for the academic have been determined

 

Legislation states that “The Head Teacher may not grant any leave of absence unless there are exceptional circumstances”

 

Family holidays no longer constitute exceptional circumstances and consequently will not be authorised. 

 

Parents/carers must apply to the Head Teacher in writing if they wish their child to have a leave of absence in term time, detailing when the absence will take place and the exceptional circumstances behind the absence. 

 

Parents who take their child out of school in term time without the permission of the Head Teacher will be issued with a Penalty Notice fine of up to £120 per child per parent.

 

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Penalty Notice Information Letter

Click Here

 

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Attendance Officer

 

Our Attendance Officer may contact families and students having issues with their attendance. Their role is to assist students and families in overcoming any barriers that may exist that are stopping your child from attending school regularly. If a student’s attendance does not improve to the required level after support has been put in place you risk prosecution for persistent absence. 

 

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