As parents will know, we aim to have an attendance rate above the national average and to exceed our attendance target. We think it is very important that all our students benefit from 190 days of learning to ensure they make progress and achieve the results they should. If a school can improve its attendance by 1%, this can result in a 5-6% improvement in attainment. We are asking you to support the school by ensuring your child achieves excellent attendance.
There are a variety of ways that parents can help their children to maximise their time at school through good attendance There are also potentially serious implications for non compliance with the legal requirement for children to be in school every day. For further details, please click here.You can make a request in advance if you feel you have exceptional circumstances for your child to be absent during term time, however permission may not be given and the Headteacher's decision is final.
We expect pupils to arrive at school on time. Late arrivals disrupt the education of others. Pupils arriving after the register has closed will be marked in the register as having an unauthorised absence. The school attendance policy states the time that the attendance register closes in the morning: (e.g. 30 minutes after registration).
We do not expect pupils to come to school when they are sick, but those with regular absences caused by sickness will be expected to provide us with medical evidence before we authorise further absences.
Avoid medical and dental appointments during school time.
If you or your child is having difficulties that impact on their attendance, please make an appointment with a member of staff to discuss additional support.
We have an expectation that once we have notified a parent about our concerns, they will ensure that their child’s attendance improves significantly. If a student continues to have poor attendance, we will discuss this with our link Education Welfare Officer and if necessary make a referral to Brent Education Welfare Service. The Education Welfare Service may issue a parent with a Formal Warning, an Education Penalty Notice (EPN) or decide to prosecute if a child is persistently absent over a 16 week period. If a parent is issued with an EPN, they risk receiving a fine from Brent Council of £120 if paid within 28 days. This is reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days. Fines for unauthorised term time leave are issued to each parent for each absent child. Failure to pay the notice may result in a parent being prosecuted in court for their child’s unauthorised absence. For further information a copy of our attendance policy is available to read on the school website or you can find the Education Welfare Service’s Non-School Attendance, Education Penalty Notices, Local Code of Conduct on Brent Council’s website www.brent.gov.uk.