Breda Academy is committed to working with parents to encourage regular and punctual attendance.
Parents and guardians have a legal duty1 to ensure their child of compulsory school age shall receive efficient full time education suitable to age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs they may have, either by regular school attendance or otherwise.
1 Article 45(1) of The Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986
Main points to be aware of:
- It is a parent’s / guardian’s responsibility to inform the school of the reason for a pupil’s absence on the first day of absence. Parents / guardians should phone the school’s attendance officer.
- Pupils are expected to arrive in school at 8.30 a.m. at the latest, so that they can be at their form tutor’s room or assembly for registration at 8.35 a.m. It is the responsibility of parents / guardians to ensure that your child is punctual. Lateness is recorded at registration and on your child’s attendance record. Pupils who are late to school will be issued with a break time detention on the same day.
- Pupils with persistent lateness to school will also be issued with an after school detention (in addition to the break time detentions).
- Appointments should be made outside of school hours. If this is not possible, e.g. hospital appointments, then pupils should attend school before / after the appointment. If a pupil misses an entire registration session due to an appointment he or she will be marked as ‘M’, which is an authorised absence (provided a note or a letter has been provided by the parent / guardian). If a pupil is in school for registration before the appointment then he or she will receive a present mark for that session.
- If a pupil comes in after registration has been taken for that session, then he or she will get a present mark as long as a note from a parent / guardian or an appointment letter is provided.
- If your child appears reluctant to attend school please discuss the matter promptly with the Head of Year or Head of Key Stage to ensure that both you and your child receive maximum support.
- Form tutors will monitor pupils’ attendance using a chart displayed on the classroom wall. Pupils must also record this in their planners. They must know their attendance percentage (green=excellent, orange=poor and red=extremely poor) and focus on improving it if it is orange or red.
- Parents / Guardians will be contacted by the school by letter when the child’s attendance falls below 94%.
- Pupils will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer when attendance drops below 85%.
Family holidays during Term Time
Breda Academy discourages holidays during term time due to the impact they have on pupils’ learning. Family holidays taken during term time will be categorised as an unauthorised absence. Only in exceptional circumstances, according to DENI guidance, will a holiday be authorised.
A copy of the school’s attendance policy is available on request
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