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Hope School expects excellent attendance from all our pupils. It is only by attending every day and joining in with school life that a pupil can make the progress he is capable of and enjoy the time he spends as a member of Hope School.
We consider a pupil with above 97% attendance to have outstanding attendance and a pupil with between 90% - 96.9% attendance to have good attendance. However a pupil with between 87% - 89% attendance requires improvement and pupils with less than 86.9% have inadequate attendance.
Hope School has a duty of care to each pupil. If a pupil’s attendance is a cause for concern the school will raise its concerns with appropriate professionals such as the Education Welfare Officer, Social Worker, Family Support Worker, Police etc.
Please support Hope School in ensuring pupils attend at every opportunity by making medical and dental appointments etc. outside school hours or during holiday periods. If it is necessary for an appointment to be made during term time please make the appointment at the end of the day so the least amount of education is missed.
The government expects pupils to have 97% attendance and require the school's EWO to meet with the parent/carer of every pupil with attendance that falls below 90% over a half term. These meetings will be held at Hope School.
How Hope School Deals With Pupil Absence
Parents and Carers are asked to contact the school office by telephone as early as possible on the first day that a pupil is absent. If a pupil is absent and the school is unaware of the reason for the absence a member of the admin' team will telephone the home. If they do not get a reply to their call they will leave a message on an answerphone if possible and send a text asking for a reason for the absence.
If a pupil is off for more than three days without a reason being given a letter will be sent to ask why the pupil is absent and the school’s Educational Welfare Officer will be informed and may call to the home to find out why the pupil is absent.
Although parents and carers may have told the school the reason for their son/charge’s absence it is up to the Head Teacher to authorise the absence, in other words, Mr Naik has to agree that the reason for the absence was good enough to prevent a pupil from attending school.
The school’s Attendance Officer regularly meets with the Education Welfare Officer to discuss pupils’ attendance. If a pupil’s attendance is causing concern there are several things the school may do e.g. parents and carers may be invited to meet with school staff to discuss ways in which the school can support the pupil in improving his attendance. The Education Welfare Officer may arrange appointments at Hope School to discuss attendance and he may issue a letter informing parent/carers that attendance must improve over a given period of time or court proceedings may be initiated and could result in a fixed penalty fine or more serious penalties if attendance does not improve.
Hope School will always work with parents to find ways to improve individual pupil attendance but will reluctantly support the prosecution of parents and carers for poor attendance if all other attempts to improve attendance have not worked.
It is important that the school office can contact parents and carers at all times so we ask all parents to keep in contact with the school, making sure they let the school office know if they change address or telephone number so the admin' team can update their records.
How Hope School Rewards Good Attendance
We have several ways to reward and encourage good attendance from our pupils.
End of Term Certificate – At the end of each term pupils with over 90% attendance receive a certificate of attendance and their achievement is celebrated at our end of term assembly.
Annual Attendance Awards – these are given out at the Celebration Assembly usually held during the last week of the summer term. Parents and Carers are invited to celebrate pupil’s achievements including attendance. Pupils receive certificates and gift tokens ranging between £5 and £15 depending on their individual attendance during the whole of the previous year.
Each week the attendance figures for the individual classes will be updated on the website so parents and carers can monitor their son/charge’s class performance.
Term Time Holidays
The Headteacher and Governors expect that family holidays will be taken during the holiday periods and are extremely reluctant to authorise absence due to family holidays during term time.
Holidays in term time will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. A written request, dealing the exact dates and details explaining clearly why it is necessary to take the pupil out of school during term time must be sent to Mr R Naik, c/o Hope School. The request will then be considered and a decision will be made taking into account the pupil’s attendance record, previous requests and the reason for the request. If permission is denied and the pupil is taken out of school his absence will be unauthorised and the EWO will be informed. This could lead to parents/carers being prosecuted for non-attendance.
If your son/charge is reluctant to attend school for any reason or you have any concerns regarding his attendance please contact the school office to discuss the issue with Ms E Anderson, Head of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare or Ms P Anderson, Attendance Officer. If the school is unaware of issues that are having an impact on pupils wanting to attend school we are unable to offer support and work towards a resolution. Please help us help all our pupils achieve excellent attendance by sharing information and concerns with us.
If your son/charge misses the taxi provided by the School Transport Department it is the parent/carer’s responsibility to get him to school. A missed taxi is not a reason for a pupil to miss a whole day of education. Please be aware that the taxi is tracked by satellite so it is possible to confirm what time the taxi called to a house.
If the taxi provided by School Transport is late please contact the school office by 7.50 am. The school office will not know if a taxi has not called for a pupil unless they are told. The sooner the office staff knows about a late taxi the sooner they can resolve the problem which means the pupil will be in school sooner.
Please be aware that pupil punctuality is discussed with the school’s Education Welfare Officer. If a pupil is persistently late then the Education Welfare Officer or the school’s Attendance Officer will call to discuss ways in which punctuality can be improved. The school register closes at 8.45 am. If a pupil arrives after this time for any reason other than an issue with the taxi provided by the School Transport department he will be recorded as absent for the morning session