Statement of intent

Colmers School & Sixth Form College believes that in order to facilitate teaching and learning, good
attendance is essential. Students cannot achieve their full potential if they do not regularly attend
school.

We are committed to:

  • Promoting and modelling good attendance.
  • Ensuring equality and fairness of treatment for all.
  • Intervening early and working with other agencies to ensure the health and safety of our
    Students.
  • Rewarding regular attendance.
  • Following the framework set in section 7 of the Education Act 1996 which states that:

“The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive efficient full
time education suitable:

(a) to age, ability and aptitude and
(b) to any special educational needs he/ she may have

Either by regular attendance at school or otherwise”.

1. Legal framework

1.1. This policy has due regard to the following legislation and guidance, including, but
not limited to:

  • The Education Act 1996
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 (as amended)
  • DfE (2016) School Attendance Advice

1.2. All staff must ensure they adhere to and implement the requirements of any
equality legislation.

2. Definitions

2.1. Colmers School & Sixth Form College defines “absence” as either:

  • Arrival at school after the register has closed.
  • Not attending school for any reason.

2.2. Colmers School & Sixth Form College defines an “authorised absence” as:

  • An absence for sickness for which the school has granted leave.
  • Medical or dental appointments which unavoidably fall during school time for which the school has granted leave.
  • Religious or cultural observances for which the school has granted leave.
  • An absence due to a family emergency.

2.3. Colmers School & Sixth Form College defines an “unauthorised absence” as:

  • Parents and carers and carers keeping children away from school unnecessarily
    or without reason.
  • Truancy before or during the school day.
  • Absences which have not been properly explained.
  • Arrival at school after the register has closed.
  • Shopping, looking after other children or birthdays.
  • Day trips and holidays in term time which have not been agreed.
  • Leaving school for no reason during the day.

2.4. Colmers School & Sixth Form College defines “persistent absenteeism (PA)” as:

  • Missing 10% or more of schooling across the year for any reason.

 

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