The Charles Dickens School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all of our students. Regular attendance is critical if our students are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them.
One of our basic principles is to celebrate success. Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. The Charles Dickens School actively promotes 100% attendance for all our students and we use a variety of weekly, termly and annual rewards to promote good attendance and punctuality.
We recognise that parents/carers have a vital role, and a legal responsibility, to ensure good attendance and we promise to identify, investigate and work in partnership with parents/carers, students and other agencies to resolve attendance problems.
Attendance and punctuality are recorded electronically and an automatic service is used to keep the school and parents informed. Parents will be notified automatically via a messaging service by the Year Support Officers if a student is absent and the school has not been notified; see parental responsibility below. Parents will also be notified when a student is late for school.
Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child(ren) attend school regularly and arrive on time. Regular attendance is essential to the all-round development of children and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them. Poor attendance undermines their education and sometimes puts students at risk, encouraging anti-social behaviour.
It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school on the first day their child is absent. This is a safeguarding issue so that all parties know that your child is safe.
Students are expected to arrive by 8.40 am. All students that arrive late must report to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded.
Leave of Absence (holidays in term time)
Holidays in term time will not be authorised. If a parent/carer wishes to request leave of absence then this must be made in writing, 2 weeks in advance to the Head of School. Leave of absence will only be granted if there are exceptional circumstances. Penalty Notices are routinely issued when holidays are taken during term-time
Timeline of School Action for Poor Attendance
- Less than 95% attendance – Head of Year (HoY) to monitor. Support to be offered through attendance meetings with SLO, school intervention letters and School Attendance Manager meetings with parents.
- Below 90% attendance - School may consider Attendance Service or Penalty Notice referral where the absences have not been authorised and referral criteria are met.