Registration takes place at the start of each day and at the beginning
of every lesson using the SIMS Lesson Monitor electronic system.
Tutors are responsible for monitoring the attendance of students
in their tutor group and raising any concerns about attendance or
punctuality with the Head of Year.
All absences need to be covered with a note from home and tutors
have a vital part to play in ensuring that records are correct.
The Attendance Officer will also monitor absence and will make
contact with home wherever possible. This ‘First Day Response’ has
been shown to reduce absence rates.
Students with good attendance records will be rewarded with certificates
presented in assembly every half term. The notice board in A Block
will be used to display the best attending tutor group in each year
group and the best in the school each week. These will also be printed
in the Student and Staff Bulletins.
Parents will be informed and involved in discussions in cases where
there appears to be a problem. The most serious cases will be referred
to the Educational Welfare Officer via the Head of Year.
In the Sixth-Form, students are required to fill in a blue form
for absences known about in advance and a yellow form for reporting
unforeseeable absences. If a student is absent without adequate reason
on several occasions, the Director of Post-16 will issue a warning.
If the problem continues, the parents/carers will be consulted. A
further series of absences may then result in the student being asked
to consider an alternative career path to the Sixth-Form.
Members of the SLT team may record those students who arrive late
into school and a year detention may be given for students who are
late to school more than once in any week.