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Attendance Policy


Attendance and Punctuality

As part of our aim to raise standards and improve outcomes we closely monitor the attendance and punctuality of all our students.  We have set a minimum target of 98% attendance (excluding academy closure days) for our students at Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre and for students to be present at the academy before 8.25am and be punctual to all their lessons.

Students should be on site for 8:20am, school gates close at 8:25am so please ensure a prompt arrival. Students should arrive in their tutor rooms by 8:25am, ready to be registered promptly at 8:30am. Students cannot enter the school site until 8am, if any student does arrive before this time we ask that they wait on the slope area near reception. Morning procedure may differ by year group, if this is the case then any specific instructions will be communicated by the relevant Head of Year.

There is a clear link between attendance and achievement and research shows that students with the highest levels of attendance make the most progress and achieve the best results.  To achieve their full potential students should be aiming for at least 98% attendance.

Of students who attend school between 90% and 95% of the time, only 2 in 5 students achieve the national progress measure that your child will be compared against in the job market.

Of the students who attend school 95% and above 4 in 5 achieve the national progress measure that your child will be compared against in the job market.

We know that illness is unavoidable, however, it isn’t always necessary for a child to be absent from the academy, particularly when only suffering from a mild ailment such as a cold.  You can help keep absence to a minimum by encouraging your child to return to the academy as soon as they are well enough and by arranging medical and dental appointments outside academy hours where possible.

If your child is too ill to attend the academy please inform us at the earliest opportunity. In the event of frequent and/or prolonged absences we will require some form of medical evidence in order to authorise the absence.

In addition to monitoring morning and afternoon session punctuality and attendance, we also monitor lesson attendance and punctuality and use the data when writing references for our students, either for the next stage of their education or for prospective employment.

I would like to bring to your attention that:

  • Good punctuality and attendance at or above 98% results in students getting achievement points which are linked to part payment of the end of year trip / prom.
  • Persistently poor punctuality to the academy will result in the issuing of a legal penalty by the local authority.
  • When a child’s attendance falls below 90%, the DFE classes them as being Persistently Absent. Schools have the authority to initiate legal penalty procedures when attendance falls below 90%, of which the first stage is to inform the Educational Welfare Officer.

Whilst we recognise and applaud students who are habitually on time and have exceptional attendance, we need to ensure clear communications with all parties to achieve and maintain a culture of high attendance and performance.

We trust that we have your full co-operation and support and that by working together we can give your child the best possible opportunity of achieving positive and successful outcomes.

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