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Attendance at Scout Road Academy



This is written jointly by the Senior management Team and Governors at Scout Road Academy. Its aim is to inform parents/ carers of the school policy relating to absences and to inform parents about the impact that absence has on children’s attainment (their level) as well as their achievement (their progress)


Facts and Figures

A child who comes to school every day for a whole year is awarded 100% attendance. This is a fantastic achievement and is celebrated as such by all schools. At Scout Road Academy we will reward children each term who achieve 100% attendance and also those who have helped us to reach our attendance target of 97%. Realistically however we all know that most children can be ill from time to time and so the average attendance for a child in England is 95%. At Scout Road Academy we have set an attendance target of 97% for 2015/16.


Some facts relating to attendance at our school

90% attendance = ½ day missed every week = 4 weeks per school year

80% attendance =1 day missed every week =over 6 weeks per school year

70% attendance =1and ½ days missed every week=over 9 weeks per school year

Remember! For every day that your child is absent they will miss out on 5 hours of valuable teaching time.


What to do if your child is ill

If your child is ill parents must contact the school office by 8.30am on the first day of illness and each day subsequently. If you haven’t called then the administrator will contact you to establish the reason for the absence. This is a safeguarding procedure, a child’s welfare is paramount and everybody needs to know they are safe.


If the child is suffering from a sickness/ diarrhoea bug they must not return to school for 48 hours after their last bout of illness. ( Health and Safety Executive guidelines) No child should return to school until they are fit and well.


Attendance below 90%

If your child’s absence falls below 90% then you will be contacted by the school to discuss the matter further. If the absence is deemed to be particularly low or persistent then there will be a referral to the Educational Welfare Officer.



Holidays are absences and are included in your child’s attendance figures. Only under exceptional circumstances will a holiday be authorised. Unauthorised absences amounting to more than 5 consecutive days or 10 unauthorised sessions of absence in an 8 week period will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer and a penalty notice/fine is likely to be issued



If your child arrives in school after the register is closed (8.40 am) they will receive an unauthorised absence.


Dental and Medical appointments

Please try and limit these where possible to outside the school day. We understand that this is not always possible especially if your child is receiving repeated treatment or extensive dental work.

We want our children to achieve 97% attendance or above so that they can achieve their potential in school. Please help your child to achieve this.