Attendance at The Flying Bull Academy
At the Flying Bull Academy we believe in creating our very own superstars of the future! We can only achieve this with the support of parents/carers, pupils and the dedicated team at The Flying Bull Academy. Ensuring that your child attends school every day plays a massive part in helping them become the very best that they can be.
Regular school attendance is an important part of giving your child the best possible start in life. Talking to your child and their teachers could help to solve any difficulties you have in getting your child to go to school – and there are other forms of support available if you still have problems, please see Mr Needham who will be more than willing to help.
By law, all children of compulsory school age (starting from the term after they are 5) must receive a suitable full-time education. As a parent, you have a legal responsibility to make sure this happens.
Once your child is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure they attend punctually and regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.
Section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 introduced additional powers under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 authorising local authorities to issue penalty notices in cases of unauthorised absence from school.
More information on Legal Responsibilities and Penalty Notices can be found by clicking here
Percentage attendance explained
We want all of our children at The Flying Bull Academy to aim for 100% attendance. For all children that achieve 100% attendance for the entire academic year, they will be celebrated in assembly and presented with a 100% Attendance Flying Bull hoodie.
The academy’s minimum attendance target is 96%. This allows nearly two weeks each year for children’s absence in the event of genuine illness.
If your child has a percentage attendance level of 90%, this is equivalent to half a day a week. Over five years they will have missed 19 weeks of school. This is the same as taking nearly 6 months off. This is a whole term AND half a term. The Government now consider any child with an attendance below 90% to be persistently absent. We will not be authorising any further illnesses unless you can provide evidence or a doctor’s note to confirm the illness.
If your child’s percentage attendance goes down to 80% you are taking a whole school year out every five years.
Is attendance important?
Yes is the simple answer. Firstly it is a legal requirement for children of school age to regularly attend school.
Poor attendance in early years can have a significant impact on education and results at GCSE level. Primary education provides the building blocks and foundations for future education. For your children to achieve their best in GCSEs and further education, they need to achieve well in primary. This can only be done if they are in school every day.
The Headteacher will only authorise leave during term-time in the most exceptional circumstances and will look at each request individually.
We know that you cannot stop your child from being ill.
We do not want them to come into school if they are not well. However, please ensure that you only keep your child away from school for genuine reasons.
We still have a large number of children who are absent on a regular basis due to coughs, colds, runny noses, tummy aches and headaches. All of these minor conditions can generally be dealt with by treating your child with Paracetamol and sending them to school. The school can administer medication with parental consent. ANY MEDICATION TO BE ADMINISTERED ON BEHALF OF THE PARENT MUST BE HANDED INTO THE ACADEMY OFFICE AND IT MUST BE ENTERED INTO THE MEDICATION FILE LOCATED IN THE ACADEMY OFFICE.
Reporting your child’s absence
In the event that your child is ill and will be absent from school, please ensure that you notify us by telephoning the school on 02392 694313. In the rare event that there is no answer you can leave a voice message. You can also send a text message to the academy attendance mobile on 07713 777548. Please inform us of why your child is absent and when you expect them to return.
What can I do to increase my child’s attendance?
- Contact the school to report absence; sometimes having the school number stored in your mobile can save you time
- Only grant days off for genuine illness
- Never book holidays during term time
- Be ready. Ensuring that you are aware of your child’s school routine and knowing what day your child needs a P.E or swimming kit will help you to avoid any issues.
- Keep in contact. Our Attendance Officer Mr Needham is always willing to offer support and advice on ensuring that your child maintains an attendance rate that exceeds The Flying Bull Academy target
Attendance Rewards at the Flying Bull Academy
In September 2015, we launched The Flying Bull Academy Attendance Shop.
Our aim is to operate an attendance reward system that can be accessed by all pupils and that is fair for all. All pupils receive a ½ point for every registration that they attend on time. These points are either spent or saved. Each pupil chooses what they want to do with their own points and the shop is open to all pupils on a fortnightly basis.
We have had children spending or saving every week, working out exactly what they want and how long it will take to save up for it. Children can choose from Bubbles and Puzzles to Play-Doh and Stationary sets. Every child who has achieved 100% attendance for the previous term will be awarded an additional 10 points.
Pupils who manage 100% attendance for the entire academic year will also receive a Flying Bull Academy 100% Attendance Hoodie.