To achieve their best, students must be on time and in school on a school day unless there is a valid reason
Research proves that there is a very clear relationship between excellent attendance and academic achievement. Our experience shows us that students with the highest attendance achieve the best results. Excellent attendance leads to excellent progress and achievements.
At Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy excellent attendance is regularly rewarded and celebrated. Students with 100% attendance receive a range of rewards from breaktime snacks to trips to bowling, cinema and so much more.
If known beforehand that students are going to be away from school, please bring an appointment card or a letter for the Form Tutor giving the reasons and dates
Remember that the Form Tutor and the Attendance Coordinator will investigate unexplained absences. This can lead to a student being placed on a persistent absence list, involvement with the Educational Welfare Service, £60 fixed penalty fines and ultimately parents being sent to court and fined at least £120.
The Government has changed the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations in relation to term time holidays and that this came into force on 1 September 2013.
As a result, Head Teachers can no longer allow any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. This means that holidays in term time will not be authorised and will be marked as an unauthorised absence in the school register.
Unauthorised absences may result in a Penalty Notice being issued under the provisions of the Education Act 1996 (as amended) which means that you will be fined for your child’s absence.
Note: Payment of a Penalty Notice (from September 2013), if paid within 21 days, is £60. If you do not pay within 21 days the fine is increased to £120 and you have a further 7 days to make this payment in full.
Non-payment of a Penalty Notice within the total 28-day period could result in the commencement of criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.
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