Attendance, punctuality, school day
- All students are expected to be in school Monday to Friday.
- All students are expected to be on time for school each day.
Regular attendance at school is a major focus for the Department for Education (DfE), Haringey Council and thus the Academy. There is a clear link between good school attendance and academic achievement. If a school can improve its attendance by 1%, this can result in a 5-6% improvement in attainment. We are asking you to support the school by ensuring your child achieves excellent attendance.
The Academy’s Attendance Team is dedicated to improving pupils’ school attendance and their punctuality. However, it is ultimately, parents/carers’ responsibility to ensure that students are in every day and on time.
What is good attendance?
The Academy considers good attendance to be above 97%. If a student’s attendance falls below this percentage point, members of the team will monitor them and escalations may result in fixed penalty notices for parents/carers. This is all in partnership with Haringey Council.
Term dates are displayed on the school website. It is advisable to take note and read them carefully.
If a student is sick or unable to attend school, a parent/carer must call the school that day and every other day they are unable to attend. A voicemail message must be left for the Attendance Officer so that the correct code can be used for the register.
If parents/carers do wish to take their child out of school for an exceptional reason, they must submit a written request to the Principal, Mr Sutton, ahead of the date.
September 2020: From September 14 and for the foreseeable future - due to Covid - these are the staggered timings for the start and end of the school day:
8.20am - KS3 students arrive for registration and tutor time.
8.50am - KS4 students arrive and go directly to Period 1.
12.45-1.10pm - Y7 have lunch.
1pm - Y9 start lunch.
Rest of school begins lunch at 1.10pm as usual. Canteen entrance is staggered:
3pm - KS3 students leave school. On Mondays, the STEM and Mandarin classes will stay for their P6 lesson.
3-3.20pm - KS4 students have tutor time.
3.20pm - KS4 students leave. On Mondays, KS4 will have their usual P6 lesson and be dismissed at 4pm. They will not have tutor time on Mondays.
Normal (during non-Covid times) punctuality and timings of the Academy
08:20 - Students are expected to be on site.
08:30-08:50 - Registration. Registers are taken at 08:30 sharp.
15:00 - End of the school day on Mondays for students in Years 7-9.
16:00 - End of the school day on Mondays for students in STEM/Mandarin classes as well as Years 10-11.
15:00 - End of the school day for all students on Tuesdays to Fridays.
If students are late for registration, they will incur a Tutor Late Detention. This must be served the same day. Students are responsible for attending.
If students arrive after 8.50pm without a valid excuse, they will serve a 45 minute detention that day. Students must hand in a valuable to Student Information to guarantee their attendance at this detention.
Students in STEM/Mandarin classes and Years 10-11 will serve this 45 minute detention at 4pm (after their period 6 lesson) on Mondays.
Haringey Council’s Non-School Attendance, Education Penalty Notices, and Local Code of Conduct are available to read and download by following this link.
We have an expectation that once we have notified you about our concerns, you will ensure that your child’s attendance or punctuality improves significantly. If a pupil continues to have poor attendance or punctuality, we will discuss this with our Education Welfare Officer, and if necessary make a referral to Haringey Education Welfare Service.
The Education Welfare Service may issue you with a Formal Warning, a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or decide to prosecute. If you are issued with a FPN for unauthorised term time leave, you risk receiving a fine from Haringey Council of between £60 - £120. Fines are issued to each parent for each child taken out of school. Failure to pay the notice may result in you facing prosecution under the provisions of S444, 1996 Education Act for your child’s non-attendance at school for the period in the notice. Formal Warnings or Fixed Penalty Notices are also issued in cases of persistent unauthorised absence.
You can download a copy of our Fixed Penalty Notice Warning letter below.