At Cromwell we are determined to work with our pupils and parents so that every pupil achieves as close to 100% as possible attendance throughout their time with us.
Our attendance officer, Mrs Terry, will work with the Form Tutor and Head of Year to support any pupils whose attendance is an area of concern (below 96%) and if necessary will be assisted by Mr Russell (Assistant Principal).
We encourage all our pupils to obtain 100% attendance with positive reinforcement, which may include the awarding of certificates, gift vouchers or a trophy.
Holidays during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. In these cases, the decision whether to authorise a holiday will be at the discretion of the Assistant Principal (Welfare).
What can parents do?
- Ensure that your child attends school regularly and is always on time
- Contact Mrs Terry or their form tutor if you would like support
Benefits for a good attendance
There are many benefits for a good attendance rate and these can help define a pupil’s future. These benefits include:
- Creates a positive impression for school reference
- Improved attainment in national examinations
- Increased opportunities and awareness
- Demonstrating admirable qualities of endurance, determination and resilience
- Less risk of isolation and low self esteem
- More positive social life
Attendance rates can impact on a pupil's report and will be used in future reference checks by colleges, universities and employers.
School leaving age
In 2013 the government raised the participation age of school leavers, which means that every child must stay in some form of training or education until they are 18. This could be in the following:
- Full time education, e.g. sixth form or college
- An apprenticeship or traineeship
- Work or volunteering (20 hours or more a week) while in part time education or training
Key things to remember
- Regular attendance is a legal requirement
- Attendance is expected to be 100%
- Good and excellent attendance will be recognised and rewarded
- If attendance falls below 96%, pupils will be monitored closely and may be referred to the LAAO (Local Authority Attendance Officer)
- Holidays taken during term time can not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances
- Medical appointments are best arranged outside the school day where possible
- Punctuality is also important and will be monitored regularly