Welcome to Noel-Baker Academy’s Attendance page.
I am Mrs Pedlar and I am the Assistant Headteacher responsible for Attendance at Noel- Baker Academy. This page will provide you with the key information, to support you to perform your legal duty of ensuring that your child has punctual and regular attendance.Mrs Pedlar
Assistant Headteacher for Attendance
Our attendance policy will provide you with further information relating to our approach on attendance and can be found here.
Good attendance is crucial to the future educational success of your child. At Noel- Baker Academy, good attendance is defined as 97% and above, but your child should aim for 100% attendance. If your child achieves this, they will have full access to a knowledge rich curriculum, the opportunity to engage positively with the academy and be able to enjoy a feeling of belonging to their community. If your child falls below 97%, they will not be able to fulfil their education potential and the effect of the absence is illustrated in our ‘Attendance Matters’ poster shown below.
At Noel- Baker Academy, we operate a ‘traffic light’ system in relation to attendance. At each stage, there will be appropriate interventions to support your child:
|Red||Below 92%||This signals a student who has poor attendance|
|Amber||92%- 96.99%||This signals a student whose attendance is causing concern|
|Green||97%- 100%||This signals good attendance, where the student’s attendance is 97% or above|
Remember- Attendance Matters!
We know that the main reason your child may be absent from school is due to illness. Keeping healthy, so your child is able to attend school regularly, is an important part of your child’s life. You can help them by ensuring that they exercise, get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet. Please remember that early morning aches and pains often pass, so don’t keep your child at home ‘just in case’, when they could be learning. We will monitor your child’s attendance closely and are able to support your child at school if they are feeling unwell.
Attendance through Illness
If your child is too unwell to attend school, please contact the school before 8.30am to notify us of your child’s absence. Please state the reason for the absence and when your child is due back (Tel 01332 572026). In order for the absence to be authorised, we will require written confirmation explaining the reason for the absence. This can be emailed to email@example.com or, upon your child’s return to school, given to the team in the attendance office on A Floor Green/ Yellow. Please contact the school each subsequent day of absence, unless a definite date of return is known. If you do not contact us within 24 hours of an absence, this will be marked as unauthorised. Please note that if your child has been sick, they do not need to remain at home for the following 48 hours- they can return earlier!
If your child has been absent for 3 days or more with either illness or unauthorised absence over a 6-week rolling period, we will require some form of medical evidence stating the health reasons for the absence. This can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or, upon your child’s return to school, given to the attendance office as above.
Medical/ dental appointments
Medical/ dental appointments must be made outside of the normal school day. Where this is truly unavoidable, the medical appointment card (or letter from parent/carer) should be given to the attendance office on A Floor Green/ Yellow.
Holidays in Term Time
We do not authorise any absences for holidays during school time. The Government guidelines are very clear and only allow the Head teacher to grant leave of absence for exceptional circumstances. You do not have a legal right to take your child out of school for a holiday during term time. Further information is explained in our attendance policy.
All unauthorised absences
If your child is absent from school without authorisation from us, we will have to investigate further with the assistance of the Education Welfare Service. Where it is shown that unauthorised leave of absence or holiday has been taken, you may be subject to a penalty notice of £60 per parent/ carer per child in the first instance.
Go4Schools to check attendance
If there are any unauthorised absences still on your child’s record, you are able to log onto Go4Schools to see the dates. To enable us to authorise any absences, we will require written confirmation explaining the reason for the absence. This can be emailed to email@example.com or, upon your child’s return to school, given to the team in the attendance office on A Floor Green/ Yellow.
Finally, good habits are developed from an early age.
It is vital that punctuality and attendance is the norm, rather than the exception.
We will always support you to encourage and demonstrate the importance of efficient time-keeping for your child, which will lead them to a bright future!