Attendance

 

Attendance and Punctuality

 

The school’s Attendance Policy can be found here.

 

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Absence

 

If your child is absent, please ensure it is for a genuine illness or emergency only. Please phone the school’s attendance office every day of absence, to notify school of the absence explaining the reason and length of absence expected. Please let school know by 8.15am.  The number is 01457 764006.    Please make all medical or dental appointments after school where possible. Please send the appointment card into school where possible; otherwise please put a note in your child's planner

 

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Attendance Badges

 

These badges will be awarded to learners who achieve the following attendance:

 


 

Bronze Award

100% Attendance for one term


 

Silver Award

100% Attendance for two terms


 

Gold Award

100% Attendance for three terms


 
This Special Badge is awarded, in addition to the Gold Badge, to learners who have achieved all three badges during an Academic Year.

 

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Attendance and Punctuality

 

Attendance & Punctuality: Information for Parents

 

Great Attendance = Great Achievement!: There is a proven link between good attendance and high achievement.  learnerswho have excellent attendance (97% or above) are more likely to succeed at school.  That’s why, at Longdendale High School, we encourage all of our learners to aim for 100% attendance; anything less than 97% is unacceptable.  Frequent absences, can really add up and be harmful to your child’s progress at school:

 

 

How many days and lessons will I miss in…

A week?

A year?

5 years?

My % attendance is…

100%

0 days

0 days

0 days

95%

0.25 days/1 lesson

10 days/50 lessons

50 days/250 lessons

90%

0.5 days/3 lessons

20 days/100 lessons

100 days/500 lessons

85%

0.75 days/4 lessons

30 days/150 lessons

150 days/750 lessons

80%

1 day/5 lessons

40 days/200 lessons

200 days/1,000 lessons

 

Absences: If your child is unwell and unable to attend school please ensure you contact school before 9:00 am to let us know.  You need to make contact with us on every subsequent day that your son/daughter is absent.  If you fail to contact us to notify us of an absence then we will be unable to authorise your child’s absence.  If your child is absent for 3 days or more, or if you have received an attendance letter from school requesting medical evidence for absences, we kindly ask that you provide some form of medical evidence in order for us to authorise the absence (copy of doctor’s appointment card, copy of a prescription, doctor’s letter, etc.).  learners should return to school as soon as possible after their period of illness.

 

Persistent Absence: A learner is deemed to be “Persistently Absent” if they have attendance below 90%. 

 

Medical Appointments: Whilst we recognise that it is not always possible to do so, we ask that you please try and arrange all medical appointments for after school or in the school holidays.  Where learners have an appointment during school hours we ask that, where possible, you send your son/daughter into school before and/or after the appointment.  A full day of absence is not necessary for a medical appointment.  The school requires a copy of the medical appointment card/letter in order to authorise the time away from school.

Legal Consequences: Legally, the parents of a learner with attendance below 90% could be prosecuted under the Education Act (1996).  The Borough Solicitor may consider an offence under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 which carries a maximum fine of £1000. If the Borough Solicitor determines that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute you for an offence under section 444(1a) of the Education Act 1996 for knowingly allowing your child to fail to regularly attend school, this would carry a sentence of a maximum 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine of £2,500. If a child has 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absence over a twelve week period, parents could also be issued with a Penalty Notice Fine of up to £120 per parent.

Holidays in Term Time: Legislation states that “The Head Teacher may not grant any leave of absence unless there are exceptional circumstances”.  Family holidays no longer constitute exceptional circumstances and consequently will not be authorised.  Parents/carers must apply to the Head Teacher in writing if they wish their child to have a leave of absence in term time, detailing when the absence will take place and the exceptional circumstances behind the absence.  Parents who take their child out of school in term time without the permission of the Head Teacher will be issued with a Penalty Notice fine of up to £120 per child.

 

Punctuality: All learners must be in school for 8.30am. If learners arrive after this time they should proceed to the main reception where they will be marked as late. If a learner is late after 8:35am they will receive a consequence from their form tutor.

 

Although you may not realise it, repeated lateness results in your child missing a lot of school and has an adverse effect on their achievement.  For example, a child who is repeatedly 10 minutes late to school every day will miss 6 days of school every year.

 

 

Time lost through LATENESS…

Minutes Late (a day)

A week

A year

Across five years at LHS

5

25 minutes

3 school days

15 school days

10

50 minutes

6 school days

30 school days

15

1 hour and 15 minutes

9 school days

45 school days

20

1 hour and 40 minutes

12 school days

60 school days

25

2 hours and 5 minutes

16 school days

80 school days

30

2 hours and 30 minutes

19 school days

95 school days

 

 

For further information about how we manage Attendance and Punctuality at Longdendale you can find the school’s attendance policy on our website, or alternatively please contact your child’s Form Tutor.

 

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Leave of Absence / Holidays

Please see the term dates for the 2019/20 academic year below.

 

If you intend to go on holiday next year, please ensure you do so during the school holidays.

 

2019-20 Term Dates

Term/Holiday

First Day

Last day

Autumn Term

Monday 2nd September 2019

(Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September will be INSET days –

 

Learners will return on Wednesday 4th September  2019

Friday 25th October 2019

Autumn Half Term Holidays

Monday 28th October 2019

Friday 1st November 2019

Autumn Term

Monday 4th November 2019

Friday 20th December 2019

Christmas Holidays

Monday 23rd December 2019

Friday 3rd January 2020

Spring Term

Monday 6th January 2020

Friday 14th February 2020

Spring Half Term Holidays

Monday 17th February 2020

Friday 21st February 2020

Spring Term

Monday 24th February 2020

Friday 3rd April 2020

Easter Holidays

Monday 6th April 2020

Friday 17th April 2020

Summer Term

Monday 20th April 2020

Friday 22nd May 2020

Summer Half Term Holidays

Monday 25th May 2020

Friday 29th May 2020

Summer Term

Monday 1st June 2020

Thursday 16th July 2020

**Please note INSET dates for the academic year have yet to be determined

 

BANK HOLIDAYS

Christmas Day

Wednesday 25th December 2019

During Christmas holiday

Boxing Day

Thursday 26th December 2019

During Christmas holiday

New Year’s Day

Wednesday 1st January 2020

During Christmas holiday

Good Friday

Friday 10th April 2020

During Easter holidays

Easter Monday

Monday 13th April 2020

During Easter holidays

May Day

Friday 8th May 2020

School closed

May Day

Monday 25th May 2020

During Summer half term holidays

**Please note not all INSET dates for the academic have been determined

 

Legislation states that “The Head Teacher may not grant any leave of absence unless there are exceptional circumstances”

 

Family holidays no longer constitute exceptional circumstances and consequently will not be authorised. 

 

Parents/carers must apply to the Head Teacher in writing if they wish their child to have a leave of absence in term time, detailing when the absence will take place and the exceptional circumstances behind the absence. 

 

Parents who take their child out of school in term time without the permission of the Head Teacher will be issued with a Penalty Notice fine of up to £120 per child per parent.

 

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Penalty Notice Information Letter

Click Here

 

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Attendance Officer

 

Our Attendance Officer may contact families and learners having issues with their attendance. Their role is to assist learners and families in overcoming any barriers that may exist that are stopping your child from attending school regularly. If a learner’s attendance does not improve to the required level after support has been put in place you risk prosecution for persistent absence. 

 

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