Pupil Attendance and Information on taking holidays in term time

We believe that in order to facilitate teaching and learning, good attendance is essential. The academy aims to raise standards in education and to ensure that students achieve their full potential. We recognise that this aim is not possible if they do not regularly attend the academy, or are persistently late.

Pupils are expected to attend the academy every day. It is the responsibility of parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at the academy attend regularly and are punctual. The academy endeavours to support parents and students in this.

Attendance and punctuality issues can have a detrimental effect on the education that a pupil receives. Evidence shows that missing out on lessons leaves students vulnerable to falling behind and the tendency for them to achieve less than those students with a good attendance record.

We are committed to:

  • Promoting good attendance and reducing absence 
  • Ensuring every pupil has access to full-time education 
  • Act early to address patterns of absence and poor punctuality

OAT Supporting Student Attendance- Sept 18

Academy Attendance Information Leaflet Sept 2018

Term time leave

We require parents to observe the term times of the academy. The academy will only authorise leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. If the academy grants a leave request we will determine the length of time that the pupil can be away from the academy. We do not have the discretion to authorise holidays during term time.
Any requests for leave during term time will be considered on an individual basis and the pupil’s previous attendance record will be taken into account. Requests for leave will not be granted in the following circumstances:

  • Immediately before and during assessment periods 
  • When a pupil’s attendance record shows any unauthorised absence 
  • Where a pupil’s authorised absence record is already above 5% for any reason

If term time leave is not granted, taking a pupil out of the academy will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and may attract sanctions such as a penalty notice.

Form to be completed to request leave:      NOTIFICATION OF ABSENCE DURING TERM TIME FORM

Code of Conduct for Penalty Warning Notices – Appendix 1