Good attendance at school is important for all children. Those regularly absent from school are not only missing out on parts of their education, but they are also missing out on all the other social and life skills that schools have to offer.
Attendance at 95% means that a child has had, on average, half a day off every week, totalling 10 days per year or 2 school weeks. Research has shown that children whose attendance falls below 90% will receive one grade lower than their predicted GCSE grade in every subject, which may have a significant effect on their future prospects.
If your child is experiencing any issues with regards to their attendance, you can contact our Attendance Manager on the details below to discuss. Alternatively, you can contact your child’s Head of House.
Attendance Manager Details:
- Telephone: 01442 821052 (please leave a voice message)
- Text: 07860 095374
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Attendance Policy can be found on the Ridgeway Learning Partnership website.
Frequently Asked Questions About Attendance
WHAT TIME SHOULD MY CHILD BE IN SCHOOL?
All students are expected through the school gate by 8.35am.
As a large school, it can take a few minutes to travel across the site, so this arrival time ensures that all students are present in Tutor Time for morning registration at 8.40am. If students are not present for morning registration, they will be marked as late for the school day; for persistent lateness, the school will issue a sanction, such as a lunchtime detention to make up the time.
Some students travel to school via public transport, however, it is the school's expectation that they use earlier transport if required to ensure that they arrive on time.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD IS UNWELL?
If your child is unwell with symptoms which could be Covid-related, please ensure that they complete a lateral flow test before attending school. If the test is negative, but they remain symptomatic, you can request a PCR test to be certain.
If your child has symptoms such as a headache or sore throat, but they have tested negative for Covid, please send them to school. Mild illness is not a valid enough reason to miss a full day's education. Our medical team can administer pain relief if required, and if it is felt that they need to be sent home, we will contact you.
If your child has been sick or is genuinely unable to attend school, please contact the school Attendance Manager as early as possible on each individual day of your child’s absence.
Similarly, if your child is absent due to injury, a risk assessment can be undertaken to support and enable their return to school.
If a student is absent from registration and the school has not been notified, a text message will be sent to the primary contact mobile telephone number held on our system, notifying you of the absence and requesting you contact the School. If the school is not contacted, the absence will not be authorised.
Whilst medical appointments are authorised, we would ask that they are booked outside of school hours whenever possible. As this is not always an option, we ask parents to bear in mind the impact that absence from lessons may have on a students education; students should only be absent for the time required to travel to and attend the appointment and should be present in school before/returned after wherever possible.
For those students with ongoing medical or mental health conditions, these should be brought to the attention of your child’s Head of House and the Attendance Manager as soon as they are known. Medical documentation should also be provided for your child’s records. Please be assured that this information will be treated as strictly confidential, and will allow the school to work with you in managing and authorising ongoing absences as appropriate.
Why do I need to share the reason for absence?
Tring School is legally required to classify every half-day of absence as either Authorised or Unauthorised. This is not a decision that a parent or carer has the legal responsibility to make.
This is why we ask all parents and carers to provide the following information in the event of absence: Students Name and Surname/Form Group/Brief Reason for Absence.
If you do not provide this information, or if the reason given is deemed to be too vague to make a judgement, Tring School has a right to ask for additional details.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY CHILD’S ABSENCE DROPS TOO LOW?
The vast majority of our students have excellent attendance records and are in education full time.
One way that this is supported is by our Attendance Manager keeping a detailed oversight on all students' attendance and flagging those students whose attendance is beginning to become a concern. Where possible the Attendance Manager, alongside the Pastoral Team, will look to work with the families to improve attendance, however in some cases this is not possible and the school would need to refer to the Attendance Improvement Officer at the Local Authority.
For the Local Authority, a student whose attendance is 90% or lower, without a known and authorised reason, is classed as a ‘Persistent Absentee’. If a student should become a Persistent Absentee, the school has a legal obligation to follow the central processes set in place. This includes, but is not limited to, only authorising further absences if they are due to illness, and only on the receipt of valid and dated medical evidence.
If unauthorised absence continues, the school will request that a Fixed Penalty Notice is raised, whereby the Local Authority will issue a fine, or, when necessary, undertake legal action against a parent. Should this occur, a parent could be left with a permanent criminal record.
TERM TIME HOLIDAYS
The school does not authorise family holidays unless there are very exceptional circumstances, and this is at the discretion of the headteacher. You may receive a fixed penalty fine for any unauthorised absences.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE DURING BREAK AND LUNCH PERIODS
Students in Years 7 – 10 are expected to be on the school premises from 8.40am – 3.20pm. Year 11 are allowed out of school at lunchtime with the written permission of parents/guardians, and only if their prior report shows a good attitude to learning and achievement.