At RWBA we recognise that regular attendance
at school is the most critical element in ensuring academic success. Regular attendance promotes academic attainment and allows
students to make the best progress. We have a clear expectation that students
should attend 100% of the time. Obviously we understand that sometimes absences
from school are unavoidable, especially in times of ill health, injury, family
bereavement. In such cases parents should contact the school as soon as
possible. 01793 841957. Is the dedicated absence line or speak directly to
the Year Team. Every absence from school should be explained in this way on the
same day of absence. Authorisation of absences will be at the discretion of the
school. An accumulation of unauthorised absences will lead to meetings with the
Year team and possible referral to the local authority.
Despite some absences being unavoidable we expect all students to attend over
95% of the time.
School starts at 8.40 and all students are expected to be in ILearn before 8.40
ready for registration. It is important that all students are punctual for this
first session of the day as attending iLearn ensures students are ready and
prepared for their learning. the tutors also give out important notices and are
able to support students with their emotional needs..
There are 190 school days per year and 175 other days for holidays, birthday
treats and non-urgent appointments. RWBA will not authorise any holidays or
time off during term time. We may consider authorising individual requests for
time off in exceptional circumstances. These requests must be submitted to Mrs
Salmon, Assistant Headteacher in advance and will be considered on an
Some students require time off school to attend sporting events, play in music
concerts, receive specialist coaching or competing in national/International
competitions. Any requests for time off will be considered however any time off
authorised or unauthorised will impact on the academic progress of students.
Any significant periods of unexplained or unauthorised absences will be
investigated and Parents/Carers will be expected to meet with the Year team to
address the attendance concerns these periods of
absence could result in a fixed penalty notice fine from the local authority.
0 days off school =
100% = Perfection
Equates to 2 days off school each Year = 99% =
Equates to 5 days off school each Year = 97% = Good
Equates to 10 days off school each year = 95% = Slight
concern, Parents will be notified
Equates to 20 days off school each year = 90% = Concerning
– classified at
Equates to 30 days off school each year = 85% = Very
Following changes to Government standards any students whose attendance falls below 95% will be considered a
"Persistent Absentee". This means students are at serious risk of
failing to make the progress expected of them and could lead to them not
achieving their potential.
Badges each term = 30 achievement points.
Tutor group competition each term rewarding winners with a non uniform day.
Certificates for 100%.
Attendance is initially monitored by the students
tutor, if attendance falls, support can be put in
place for individuals with specific issues relating to attendance.
Students can speak with their tutor, or year team. Parents can receive
support from the year team and school staff. Referrals could be made to the
parent support advisor, educational welfare officer, school nurse team, school
counsellor or other external agencies.
Letters/emails are sent out on a termly basis to all parents of students with
an attendance below 95%. This is followed with
further letters if improvements are not made.
Should attendance drop below 90, school attendance meetings will be held with the year team,
parents and students and an action plan will be agreed to promote improved attendance. These plans will be reviewed and if
improvements are not made referral will be made to the educational welfare
School attendance is the responsibility of the
Parents/Carers and it is expected that Parents/Carers adhere to the above