Attendance - Every Lesson Matters

For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and that they are in school and on time every day the school is open. 

Please click here to view our Attendance Policy

Please scroll down to view more information about our Attendance Rewards

Why Regular Attendance is so important: Learning and Achievement - there is a clear link between high attendance and high achievement.

Of students who miss more than 50% of school, only 3% manage to achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

Of students who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% manage to achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

Of students who miss less than 5% of school, 73% achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

Figures shown above published by the Dept. of Education April 2012

If Your Child is Absent You Must...

If your child is absent you must contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence via one of the following methods:

  • Call receptiopn on 01274 681455
  • Emailing office:tong.tetrust.org
  • Texting the truancy call number 07786 200444 (text message only);
  • Send a note into school, on the first day that your child returns to school, with an explanation of the absence - you must do this even if you have already telephoned us (notes must be handed to your child's tutor during period 1);
  • Or you can call into school and report to reception, who will arrange for a member of the attendance team to speak with you;
  • If medical evidence has been requested, please provide one of the following: appointment card, appointment letter, prescription and/or labelled medicine bottle/packet.

If Your Child is Absent We Will...

  • Telephone you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you;
  • Send a member of Tong Leadership Academy, our Attendance and Pupils Support Officer or a Police Constable to complete a home visit to your address (when students have been absent for 3 or more days without home contact);
  • Invite you into school to discuss the situation with a member of our Attendance Team, Year Deputy Student Progress Leader or Assistant Headteacher;
  • Refer the matter to the Attendance and Pupils Support Officer at Bradford Council (if attendance falls below 85%);
  • The attendance team will hold weekly meetings with:

1.The Head of Community to discuss/action plans for all students whose attendance is below 96%;

2.The Attendance and Pupil Support Officer to discuss/action plans for all students whose attendance is below 90%.

Holiday

THE SCHOOL WILL NOT AUTHORISE A CHILD TO TAKE HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME. Parents do not have the legal right to take children out of school for holidays.

  • It is not true that you are entitled  to 10 days extra holiday each year;
  • It is not true that students can ‘catch up’. Research shows that by missing lessons, students fall behind, and lessons are NOT repeated at a later date;
  • Any holidays are expected to be taken as part of the 176 days available outside term time.

Schools are quite within their rights to say that holidays in school time are not allowed. Parents who take their children out of school during the school term without the Headteacher’s authorisation or beyond an agreed date risk being issued with a Penalty Fine, Community Service or being prosecuted.

 In addition:

  • You risk losing your child’s place at school;
  • You risk your child’s future through lost learning and lower achievement;
  • You risk your child feeling left behind and left out.

The Law Relating to Attendance

Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states that ‘the parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive efficient full time education suitable:-

(a) to age, ability and aptitude and

(b) to any special educational needs he/she may have either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.’

Lateness

Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of the day they can miss work and vital information and news for the day. Late arrival students also disrupt lessons, can be embarrassing for the child and can also encourage absence.

How we manage lateness:

  • The school day starts at 8.15 and we expect your child to be in tutorial at that time.
  • Registers are marked by 8.20 and your child will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time.
  • If you child arrives after 8.15 but before 8.45 they must sign in with the Deputy Student Progress Leader located in the student entrance in order to get their mark.
  • If you child arrives after 8.45 they must sign in with the receptionist in Main Reception in order to get their mark.

If your child is persistently late you will be asked to meet with your child's Year Deputy Student Progress Leader and/or Attendance Deputy Student Progress Leader to resolve the problem. You can however also approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your child to school on time.

Attendance Rewards

For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and that they are in school and on time every day the school is open. 

To reward students who have good attendance during the academic year we regularly hand out certificates, prizes and host attendance trips.

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