At Moorside High School we consider attendance to be central to academic achievement, the higher the level of attendance, the greater the chance of success. Each year the school sets an attendance target of 96 per cent and the expectation is that all students achieve this 96 per cent attendance equates to no more than 7 days absence per academic year. Your child’s attendance will be monitored daily by Mrs Jones in the Attendance Office and if further intervention is needed Mrs Jones will interview your child and will invite parents into school to discuss further interventions. Persistent poor attendance may be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer.
Students with good attendance and punctuality are regularly rewarded at Moorside and success is always celebrated.
If your child is absent due to illness or going to be late due to an appointment it is expected that parents contact school by 8.30am each day and on return a note written in the back of your child’s planner. If a note is not provided then the absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’.
Family holidays should not be arranged during Term Time. The Department for Education announced that from 1st September 2013 that there is no entitlement for parents to take their child on holiday in term time. Any absences for leave must be only in exceptional circumstances and a request must be made to the Headteacher, for more information regarding this go to www.dfe.gov.uk. Exceptional circumstances would be classed as bereavement or extreme family circumstances. Taking a holiday during term time or persistent late arrival to school (after the registers have closed) or a minimum of 10 unauthorised absences, can result in an initial Fixed Penalty Fine for each parent of £60.
- 90 per cent attendance means missing four whole school weeks which is 100 hours of lessons. Over the five years at High school that is the equivalent of missing half a school year
- Missing 17 days in one year can mean dropping a full grade at GCSE
- A two-week holiday in term time will automatically reduce your child’s attendance to less than 95 per cent
- Good attendance promotes lifelong skills
- Attendance is the first thing colleges and employers ask about
All students are expected to be in school before 8.25am as the doors close automatically at this time. This allows them to be ready for Form Time at 8.30am. Any student arriving after this will have to enter school by the Student entrance and will sign in there with Mrs Jones, any student arriving late will receive a one-hour detention on the same evening.
Being late to school adds up to lost learning;
- Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over three days lost each year
- Arriving 15 minutes late every day is equal to being absent for two weeks of the school year
- Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days of the school year
Students who arrive after the registers have closed at 8.50 am will be given a U code which is classed as an unauthorised absence. 10 unauthorised absences can result in a Fixed Penalty Fine.