At Denefield School we want all of our students to achieve their full potential and to strive for excellence. Consequently, school attendance is extremely important to us; if students are absent from school then they are not learning. Research shows that there is a clear link between poor attendance and poor achievement at GCSE.
We set all of our students a minimum attendance target of 96%. If your child is unable to attend school please notify us on each day of absence, by calling 0844 239 3376 (local rate number) and following the automated prompts until they finish. All parents/carers will need to complete and return the student sickness self-certification form for any absence, due to illness, of up to three days. This will enable us to authorise your child’s absence. Medical evidence will need to be provided for any absence of more than three days due to illness. We also ask that any dental and medical appointments are, wherever possible, made for out of school hours.
If your child’s attendance falls below 92% within the school year, you will receive a letter to inform you that absences will no longer be authorised, unless some form of medical evidence is presented to the school. This does not have to be a doctor’s note, as we understand the cost implications of these, however examples of evidence may include a prescription label or an appointment card (which is only valid for the day of the appointment). Without such evidence the absence will remain on the child’s attendance certificate as unauthorised.
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 for holidays which will no longer be authorised following changes to the law in September 2013.
We expect all of our students to arrive on time as late arrival has a significant and detrimental effect on both 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’. This is considered to be an unauthorised absence. A series of consequences is in place for students who are late:
• 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