Kettering Buccleuch Academy believes that regular, punctual school attendance is vital for high achievement in order that students can be the best that they can be. Absence from school is recognised as a safeguarding issue as it places children at risk and, in some cases, it can result in students being drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviour.
Students in secondary years are expected to be inside the building ready for the commencement of registration at 8:35am. Any student who arrives at school after 8:35am is required to sign in as being late at the main school reception and is issued with a late detention for the same day. Parents/carers of late students will be informed of this detention by telephone.
It is the student's responsibility to attend late detention and failure to do so will result in the detention being re-issued and supervised by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
We reward those students whose attendance is good or better. The range of rewards we use includes certificates, tickets for Attendance Reward Concerts and invitations to high profile events such as the Year 11 Prom which is held at Boughton House.
Regular attendance of students is closely related to their levels of achievement. This makes the issue of regular attendance of great importance. Under education legislation, parents have a duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly and punctually. Failure to do so, without reasonable excuse, can result in referrals to the Education Entitlement Service with the prospect of fines or prosecution for those parents, should a child’s attendance not improve rapidly.
What is Good Attendance?
It may be useful for you to know what attendance figures mean for your child.
97 to 100% = Excellent Attendance
95% to 97% = Good Attendance
90% to 95% = Concern
85% - 90% = Serious Concern (All students whose attendance is below 90% are classified as Persistent Absentees and, depending upon personal circumstances, face possible referral to the Education Entitlement Service.
Parents receive a letter in the final week of each term informing them of their child's attendance during that term. All students who achieve 100% attendance in a term are entered into our Every Day Counts Prize Draw with a chance of winning 1 of 5 sets of £20 in gift vouchers.
We also run our KBA Attendance Lottery. Each week a student's name is drawn at random. If that student was at school every day during the previous week they win a £5 gift voucher. If they were not at school every day the previous week, the reward 'rolls over' to the next week.
Please remember that a student whose attendance is 95% attendance during a school year still misses 2 full weeks of their education.
Our minimum expected target for all students is, therefore, 95%.
Parents are expected to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at KBA attend regularly and arrive to school on time. If a child of compulsory school age fails to attend regularly at a school at which they are registered the parents may be guilty of an offence and can be prosecuted by the local authority.
Our attendance team supports parents, students, teaching staff and other professionals to secure the highest possible attendance for all students in both primary and secondary sections of the academy.
What Happens If My Child's Attendance Is A Serious Concern?
If your child's attendance falls below 90% the Attendance Officer will monitor your child’s attendance.
A letter will be sent home informing you of his involvement and you will be required to attend a meeting.
If attendance falls to 90% this could trigger a referral to the Education Entitlement Service when further action can be taken resulting in a possible court case or fine.
If a child's attendance is of particular concern, parents may be invited to attend a Governors' Attendance Panel where these concerns will be discussed with a member of the Local Governing Body, the child's Head of House and the academy's Attendance Officer.
What If I Need To Make A Medical or Dental Appointment?
We hope you will support us in maintaining good attendance by booking medical and dental appointments and shopping trips either in the school holidays, after 3.30pm or at weekends.
How Do I Request A Leave Of Absence For My Child?
Should you wish to request to take your child out of school for exceptional circumstances, please contact us and request a Leave of Absence Form.
These forms should be returned to the Attendance Officer via your child's form tutor or class teacher at least 2 weeks before the requested dates for absence.
Once received, the senior member of staff responsible for attendance will consider your request. Only those requests which are considered to be due to exceptional circumstances will be authorised.
What Are The Rules About Term Time Holidays and Penalty Notices?
New regulations from the Department for Education regarding term time holidays came into force on September 1st 2013. In summary, Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term-time except for exceptional circumstances. The new regulations remove any reference to family holidays, extended leave and the statutory threshold of ten school days. I have copied the DFE regulations below for your information and urgent attention. Please take the time to read these as they may have a serious impact upon parents who choose to remove their children from school during term time for holidays.
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006
Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 currently allow Headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” of up to ten school days leave per year. Headteachers can also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances.
Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007
Amendments have been made to the 2007 Regulations in the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.
The 2007 regulations set out the procedures for issuing penalty notices (fines) to each parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school or fails to ensure that their excluded child is not in a public place during the first five days of exclusion. Parents must pay £60 if they pay within 28 days; or £120 if they pay within 42 days.
Amendments to 2007 regulations will reduce the timescales for paying a penalty notice. Parents must, from 1 September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. This brings attendance penalty notices into line with other types of penalty notices and allows local authorities to act faster on prosecutions.
If you wish to know your child's attendance figure or discuss anything related to attendance and punctuality, please ring the School Attendance Officer, on 01536 316860
Please click here for a copy of our Attendance Policy