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Attendance

Mission Statement

We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all students and endeavour to provide an environment where all the students feel valued and welcome. Parents and students play a part in making The Pingle Academy successful.  Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents, Carers and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all.

It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to students and parents/carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.

For our students to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital that students are in school. The routines children develop around attendance and punctuality at school are the same expectations an employer would have in the world of work.  High attainment, confidence with peers and staff, and future aspirations depend on good attendance.

Good attendance is important because:

  • Statistics show a link between under-achievement and absence below 95%
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
  • Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary, secondary and higher education, employment and training.

If your child is ill, please ensure you take appropriate medical advice. The NHS website offers practical advice on whether or not  to keep your child off school.

 

Holidays in Term Time

The changed regulations on holidays in term time have changed (June 2013).  This is a national decision and out of our hands.  We do believe that students make faster progress if they are in school for the full 190 school days each year.  In the past, we have been allowed a little flexibility to grant time off for holidays if there are specific circumstances.  

We can now only give permission for time off for exceptional circumstances and this does not include family holidays.  One of our governors is now considering any applications for time off under the new rules to ensure these are fairly applied.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

You may wish to refer to the Department of Education website for further information on holidays in term time: 

Department of Education: School & holiday datesForm: Leave of Absence Request