Minerva Learning Trust

Attendance

SHS Attendance Policy

Stocksbridge High School expects Students to: 

• Aim to achieve 100% attendance during an academic year. 

• Meet the attendance target of 97% for every student. 

• Arrive equipped and ready to learn. 

• Follow registration procedure. 

• Inform the Attendance officer in reception of known absences in advance (appointment card or letter). 

• Sign in/out at reception should they arrive after 9:10am and leave before 3:00pm (only with an authorised note).

SHS Lateness 2019/20

Students must arrive between 8.30am - 8.45am

Parents are expected to phone in before 8.45am

8.45am

From 8.45am a member of SLT and the attendance officer staff the late gate. Any student arriving late to form after 8.50am are given a Late (L) mark.

A member of leadership team and the Attendance Officer staffing the Late Gate from 8:50-9.00am will give students a note and a same day late detention for 10 minutes at break time in W1 11.10–11.20am.

9.00am

Students arriving after 9am have to sign in at visitor reception and register on the Entry System.

This records the minutes late and students need to select the reason for absence.

A note will be given to the student to show their form teacher. If there is no valid reason given by a parent for them being late to school the note will indicate a late detention for 10 minutes at break time in W1 11.10–11.20am. The time of arrival is noted on the slip to ensure students go immediately to class.

9.10am

Students who arrive at school late after 9.10am have to sign in at visitor reception and register on the Entry System.

This records the minutes late and students need to select the reason for absence.

A note will be given to the student to show their class teacher. If there is no valid reason given by a parent for them being late to school the note will indicate a late detention for 10 minutes at break time in W1 11.10–11.20am. The time of arrival is noted on the slip to ensure students go immediately to class.

10.00am

Close of register is 10.00am. Students who arrive after 10.00 a.m., without a valid reason from their parents, will be given an unauthorised absences. Late detention as above will be applied. Any student arriving after 11.25am will be allocated to the next day after school detention.

Break Time Late Gate Detention in W1

Students who fail to attend are given an afterschool 30-minute detention and parents are informed by text.

Students who continue to be late with no improvement will be set targets by their Pastoral Manager.

Parents will be invited to a meeting with the Pastoral Manager. If there is still no improvement an action plan will be agreed with a deadline date for review.

Punctuality letters will be issued and parents could be prosecuted for persistent late through our Education Welfare Officer.

SHS Absense 2019/20

A student with unexplained absences from school will be contacted by text or phone before 10am on the first day of absence.

On the second consecutive day of absence, without contact, they will be phoned in person (except on Fridays, which will be treated as the third day).

If there is still no contact on the third consecutive day, the attendance and safeguarding team will arrange a home visit.

Every week Form Tutors review students’ individual attendance.

Students with less than 97% attendance are targeted by Form Tutors for extra discussion.

Students with 97-100% will meet one of the criteria for our rewards trips at the end of the year.

Each week, Form Tutors ensure that students write their attendance onto the relevant page of their planner.

Every half term, Form tutors remind students about the correlation between attendance and academic success.

Below 97% Attendance

Every Week:

The Attendance Officer identify students below the 97% threshold and informs the EWO, Pastoral Manager and Phase leader.

Letter 1:

The Attendance Officer then sends Letter 1. Once the letter has been sent the record is updated to show the date on which it was sent.

Letter 2:

If no improvements are seen the Attendance officer and Pastoral Manager issues Letter 2 to parent/carers informing them that all future absences must be evidenced by official medical appointment cards, letters and copies of Prescriptions.

Improvements are expected.

Letter 3:

If there is still no improvement Letter 3 informs parents that the student has been referred to the EWO.

Below 93% Attendance

Any student whose attendance is persistently poor (below 93%) will be immediately referred to EWO.