Attendance and Punctuality
It is widely accepted that excellent attendance to school correlates with excellent academic outcomes and also a sense of belonging. We aspire for all students to have attendance in excess of 97% so that lost learning time is minimised. The table below, provided by Birmingham City Council, goes some way to explaining the importance of this:
Promoting Excellent Attendance
Our attendance strategy is made up of three components:
Make Five Ways a place where students feel cared for and where a sense of resilience, aspiration and love of learning are fostered. The indirect effect of this is that students want to come to school and any period of absence is only every short lived.
Have a clear and graduated approach to patterns of poor attendance, led by pastoral leaders and our attendance officer. These escalations are in line with BCC guidance and although supportive in nature, ultimately result in robust action.
Be rigorous in our aftercare when students return from absence, so that repetition is avoided. Tutors will conduct Return to School meetings with students after absence, in order to identify any support needs.
We politely request that you report absence via the Class Charts Parent App or email email@example.com at your earliest opportunity (before 9am). This must be completed for every day that your child is absent from school.
We aim to send a text message to parents of any child who is absent from school and from whom we haven’t heard.
Requests for a Leave of Absence (LOA) should be made via the online form (accessible via the Contact tab). Parents should provide at least 24 hours’ notice for any medical appointments. Please complete an LOA and await approval before making any financial commitment to travel etc. Once approved/rejected by the Headmistress the attendance officer will email you as soon as possible.
Promoting Excellent Punctuality
What should a student do when they are LATE FOR SCHOOL?
Is it before 9:05?
Go to their form room where they will be given a late mark by their tutor. They should be ready to explain why they are late and have the number of minutes late recorded on Class Charts.
What if it is an assembly day?
They must go to reception and sign in with Mr Cook (then move silently into the Foundation Room to be seated at the back).
Is it after 9:05?
They must go to reception and sign in with Mr Cook (then move purposefully to lesson).
What should a student do when they are LATE FOR A LESSON?
Is it Period 1?
Their teacher will challenge them to confirm they have signed in at reception (which will be evidenced on Class Charts).
Their teacher will challenge them on the reason for their lateness and will record that reason (and the number of minutes you are late) on Class Charts. If they are concerned by the integrity of their reason or for their welfare they may complete a referral to the safeguarding/pastoral team.
*Unmerited lateness will also receive a Penalty Point on Class Charts