Attendance / Student Leave during term time

Exceptional Circumstances Form  ( Word doc format )
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Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. At Bournville School we wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends school every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties and we are committed to improving attendance levels at the school.

The target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 97% attendance.

We are monitoring students closely whose attendance is falling and will contact you if your child’s attendance does not improve. As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your son/daughter attends school regularly and punctually, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. It is important that parents/carers monitor single days of absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.

We also reward students who attend school each day.

Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for pupils to maximize their learning, and achieve full potential here at Bournville School.

What we are asking you to do:

As a parent, there are important steps that we would ask you to take to support us in this focus on high levels of attendance:

  • Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Tutor time begins at 8.40am and students should be in the building by 8.35am. Students arriving after 9.00am may be marked absent and will require an explanatory note or the absence will remain unauthorised.
  • Ensure the school has up to date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. This ensures that any absence is quickly identified.
  • If your child is ill, please contact the school on each day of her absence and provide an explanatory note on their return to school.
  • If you wish to check that your child has arrived at school contact the school reception on 0121 4753881 and we will inform you if your child has been registered.
  • If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised. Ultimately the school is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will be asked to provide medical certificates if your child has a poor attendance record.
  • Please ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time.
  • Avoid trivial absences such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.
  • Holidays should not be taken in school time. Any Leave of Absence can only be agreed by the Head of Academy and only agreed where there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Respond to letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.
  • Contact your son/daughter’s form tutor if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into school.

Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Bournville School.

School Attendance and Absence

Under  new guidance from central government schools can only grant holiday requests in exceptional circumstances.  At Bournville School we consider exceptional circumstances to include:

  • Parents working in emergency services where holiday is rostered
  • Parents in HM Armed Forces
  • Parents with restricted holiday periods
  • Wedding of student’s mother or father
  • Educational opportunities outside of, but approved by, school

Please be aware that it is highly unlikely that requests outside of these criteria will be granted authorisation.

Holidays/leave taken without permission must be recorded as unauthorised.

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