Regular and punctual school attendance is paramount at Hawkswood Therapeutic School. Pupils who attend school everyday take full advantage of the provision that we offer and the educational opportunities offered to them by law. Hawkswood Therapeutic School fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours.
Our policy applies to all children registered at this school and this policy is made available to all parents/carers of pupils who are registered at our school on our school website under 'policies'. This policy has been written to adhere to the relevant Children Acts, Education Acts, Regulations and Guidance from the Department for Education in addition to guidance from the Local Authority.
Although parents/carers have the legal responsibility for ensuring their child’s good attendance, the Headteacher and Governors at our school work together with other professionals and agencies to ensure that all pupils are encouraged and supported to develop good attendance habits. Procedures in this policy are followed to ensure this happens.
Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning. Children who are absent from school frequently develop large gaps in their learning which will impact on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations. A child whose attendance drops to 90% each year will, over their time at secondary school, have missed two whole terms of learning.
We celebrate good or better attendance in a number of ways. This includes, celebrations in assembly, praise from senior management and displays around the school.
Addressing Attendance Concerns
The Hawkswood Group has a clear attendance policy in place, which outlines the Hawkswood Attendance Stages (HAS). Attendance is closely tracked and scrutinised and any concerns are reported to the Behaviour, Attendance and Children Missing Education Service (BACME).
The school expects attendance of at least 95%.
It is the responsibility of the Headteacher and the governors to support good attendance and to identify and address attendance concerns promptly. In primary school we rely upon parents to ensure their child attends school regularly and punctually and therefore where there are concerns regarding attendance parents are always informed of our concerns. Initially concerns about attendance are raised with parents via letters which are sent home. There will be opportunities for the parent/carer to discuss reasons for absence and support to be given by the school with the aim to improve attendance. Where a child’s attendance record does not improve over a period of time then the school has a responsibility to make a referral to the Educational Welfare Service.
The Behaviour, Attendance and Children Missing Education Service will issue penalty notices to parents where there has been a referral to BACME from the school as part of the school’s processes to address poor attendance patterns.