Attendance

Newman RC College Attendance Policy

Principles

Blessed John Henry Newman College believes that good attendance is vital for all our pupils if they are to gain the most from the education we provide. There are clearly documented links between regular attendance and attainment. Every member of staff will regularly check the attendance of their form group and teaching group by the effective use of recording on registers, the attendance team will follow up all pupil’s absences with appropriate personnel in school and with the pupil’s parents and carers. We hope that parents will assist us in our work of raising attendance levels throughout the school by:

Targets

Blessed John Henry Newman aims to raise the attendance to 95.2% this academic year, and to encourage attendance and punctuality by the following strategies:

  • Providing clear instructions for staff on the registration and accurate full use of the register codes
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Awareness of attendance and punctuality issues at parent’s evenings
  • Rewarding good attendance and punctuality
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Have clear procedures to enable pupils to come into college
  • Actively discourage parents from taking holidays in term time
  • Ensure that all pupils and parents understand the issues and procedures for attendance and punctuality
  • Ensure that all staff and governors, administrative, support and non-teaching staff understand the issues and procedures for attendance.
Parents / Guardians should:
  • Ensure their child arrives at the college for 9.00am every day. Ensure the regular attendance and punctuality of their child
  • Encourage Parents and Guardians to work closely with the college to overcome any obstacles that may affect their child’s attendance
  • Contact the college of first day absence; keep in regular contact with the college on your child’s recovery
  • Make medical appointments out of school hours where possible
  • Make holiday arrangements outside of term time (as from September 2013 a new legislation came into force where no holidays will be authorised during a school term)
The college will follow up all absences
  • Ascertain the reason of absence
  • Ensure the appropriate safeguarding action is taken
  • Identify if the absence is to be approved or not
  • Input the correct code before entering on the attendance data
AM and PM registration
  • AM registration commences at 9.00am and is recorded by the form tutor.
  • PM registration commences at 2.15pm each day and is recorded by the class teacher
First day of absence
  • Telephone calls must be made to the Attendance Team to notify of their child’s absence
  • Keep the attendance team informed of a pupils recovery daily
  • Contact the college on 0161 785 8858
Lates
  • All Pupils MUST arrive at the college for 9.00am
  • All pupils must be in form time for 9.00am
  • Any pupil arriving to registration late will be marked with the L code
  • A late text will be sent to parents /guardians, informing on how late the pupils have arrived late to the college

Pupils arriving after registration has closed will be marked with a U code, this is an unauthorised code.

Pupils that arrive at the college after 9.00am MUST sign in with the attendance officer

Persistent absence

Pupils that fall into the category of 90% Attendance, will be under the focus of the Attendance Team where appropriate action will be taken under the rigorous monitoring system at the college, this may result into the instigation of a Fast Track to Attendance, from the SAIS (School Attendance Improvement Service) at the Local Authority,