Attendance

Everyday Counts

It is essential that students attend school everyday. There is a direct link between student progress and attendance.

Students are expected to arrive on time every day to school by 8.45am for registration.

It is a joint responsibility of parents/carers, students and staff to ensure high levels of attendance and punctuality to School. Our attendance officer will review attendance information every day. Regular communication will be sent home to ensure that parents are kept up to date where there are concerns and parental meetings will take place where deemed necessary. Staff will follow school procedures and work closely with parents to improve attendance

Illness

Please click the link below to report a “same day” absence such as illness. Parents will need to notify school for each day of absence due to illness using this link.

Report a same day absence

If you need to let the school know about a future absence this should be emailed to our attendance team at attendance@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk

In the event of longer term absence due to illness or underlying medical condition, parents/carers must contact the Attendance Officer using attendance@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk, they will then liaise with your child’s progress leader to ensure appropriate educational provision is in place.

If your child has a prolonged period of absence due to illness (between 3 and 5 days) a Doctor’s note/medical evidence (such as prescription) is required. Send a copy to reception or attach a photograph of the evidence to an email for attendance@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk

Lateness

Students who arrive after the roll call in their tutor room at 8.50am are marked “late” and must sign in at reception. Students who are late receive a same day detention (phase 3) which is recorded on Go4Schools.

If a student is late (after 9.30am) parents/carers are required to provide a reason for lateness via attendance@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk

Appointments and known absence

For known absences parents/carers must complete a “Leave of Absence Form” 8 weeks prior to the known absence. Copies of the Leave of Absence form are available from reception and should be returned back to reception.

Where possible, parents are required to arrange appointments outside of school hours, e.g. dentist, doctor. If this is not possible, parents should notify the school by email attendance@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk. Parents are required to provide a copy of the Appointment Card or letter.

Family Holidays during term time

The Headteacher will not authorise Leave of Absence for family holidays and trips during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Requests for Leave of Absence should be made by completing a “Leave of Absence Form” available from the school office and returned.

The school operates an automated text messaging system called GROUPCALL. If your child is not in school and we have no reason for absence then you will receive the following message ‘Student “Forename” did not register at school this morning. Please reply with a reason’.

Attendance Statistics

Our whole school target for attendance is 96%.

Academic YearArthur TerryNational
2018/201995.5594.60
2017/201895.4194.60

A 95% attendance rate is the equivalent of students having 9 days off school. This is the equivalent of 45 missed lessons.

The law requires parents to make sure their children receive full-time education suitable to their needs. As a last resort, schools and the Education Authority (EA) have legal powers to deal with poor attendance. The education Act 1996 Section 444 (1) states that “if a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence”. If parents or carers fail to provide a reason for why their child is not in school this will be recorded as an ‘unauthorised’ absence which may lead to a penalty notice and fines.