At Denefield School we believe that attendance and attainment are strongly linked. We want all of our students to attend school regularly and on time so that they can become resilient and confident learners who are able to achieve their potential and make a positive contribution to society.
We expect all of our students to attend school regularly and on time and we set all students a minimum attendance target of 96%. The school has already reviewed all students’ attendance for this academic year and students who have less than 92% attendance will be included in the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) cohort for September 2019.
Fixed Penalty Fines will be issued when students have missed 20 half day sessions from school within a ten-week school period, where the absences are unauthorised. The level of fine is set out below and is the same as that imposed by West Berkshire local authority for holidays.
Parents/carers are reminded that dental and medical appointments should, wherever possible, be made out of school hours. If your child is absent from school, please remember to notify the school on each day of his/her absence, by sending a message via the free school app or calling 0844 239 3376 (local rate number) and following the automated prompts until they finish.
In addition to the close monitoring of attendance, the rigorous focus on students’ punctuality continues to result in significant improvements.
Unfortunately, a minority of students arrive late to school without a good reason, and on more than one occasion. It is important that all parents/carers are aware of the direct implications late arrival has on learning and a student’s attendance percentage.
Students who arrive late, between 8.31am - 9.00am, are marked on the register with an ‘L’. This means that students are missing up to ten minutes of their tutor time and anywhere between 5 – 20 minutes of their lesson. Students who arrive after 9.00am are marked on the school register with a ‘U’ and this will impact greatly on their overall percentage for the academic year, not to mention their studies.
Any student who is late will be subject to a series of sanctions, depending on the frequency of their lateness
• Two lates in a term – Tutor detention of 20 minutes
• Four lates in a term – Deputy Head of House detention of 1 hour
• Six lates in a term – Head of House detention of 2 hours and punctuality report for two weeks
• Eight lates in a term – Referral to Deputy Head and the Educational Welfare Officer for punctuality meeting
• Persistent lateness – 30 minute daily detention organised by Head of House