Attendance and intervention
At Eastgate we are all very proud of our Academy and all of our children work very hard. Our attendance at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year was 95.6% which and this was all thanks to our parents and their children.
We are delighted to say we almost reached the 97% target. A huge thank you again to our parents and their children. We aim to continue and exceed this high level of attendance and our target for the end of the 2017-2018 academic school year has been set once again at 97%.
We will always support our families with regard to absence, and early action can often prevent an absence issue from occurring.
The Department for Education asks that we make all of our parents aware of a parent’s legal position in terms of their child/children’s attendance. The law requires all parents to ensure that their child attends school regularly and research has shown that children often do not catch up on work that they have missed, which can have serious consequences for their learning and progress. The Government is very clear that all schools must aim to have the highest attendance possible for all of their pupils in order for them to achieve their maximum potential.
Did you know:
- Children who attend above 90% are more likely to gain 5 or more A-C GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
- At high school, missing 17 days a year also means dropping, on average, 1 GCSE grade
- Children with less than 85% attendance are unlikely to gain 5 A*-C GCSEs
- If a child has 90% attendance over the whole 11 years at school they will have missed over one year’s education but if their attendance is 80% over the same period they will miss over two years’ education
- The current regulations from the Department for Education say that Headteachers and Principals may not give permission for leave of absence during term time for any reason, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The Local Authority operates a system where any pupil will meet the criteria for legal intervention when they have:
- 85% attendance or less, with at least 15% unauthorised absence over a 6 week period; or,
- Below 90% attendance within a 12 week period where some or all of the absences are due to unauthorised term time holiday absence
The intervention could be in the form of a Fixed Penalty Notice. Any pupil at Eastgate Academy who meets either of the criteria, will be referred to the Local Authority for action to be considered.
If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued it is a fine of £60 per parent per child which must be paid in one payment in 21 days. If unpaid, a further invoice for £60 per parent per child is issued; both individual invoices would then have to be paid making a total payment of £120 in 28 days. You should be aware that failure to pay the total amount within the timescale will result in legal action being taken.