When pupils attend school regularly they have more chance of succeeding educationally.
All children’s attendance is closely monitored by the academy and we place great importance on actively working with parents and carers to promote this essential aspect of school life. During term time and as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so, we expect all children to attend school every day.
Full attendance is essential to the all-round development of a child and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them by law. Frequent absence can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can seriously disadvantage your child.
At Star Academy, our attendance target for 2019-2020 is 97% for every child.
We will regularly let you know what your child attendance is and will ensure rewards are given in acknowledgement of this.
Authorised Absence – absence will only be authorised where the Academy has given approval in advance for a pupil to not be in attendance or has accepted an explanation offered afterwards as justification for the absence. Only the Academy can authorise absence.
7.2 Illness related absence will only be authorised in line with UK Health Security Agency Guidance or where evidence is provided for exceptional illness (UK Health Security Agency) Illness may be a physical or mental health issue.
7.3 Unauthorised Absence – absence will be marked as unauthorised where the Academy is not satisfied with the reasons given for the absence.
7.4 An unauthorised absence is where:
· The academy considers that the pupil was well enough to attend, but they did not
· Medical evidence is not provided for an illness absence of 5 days or more
· Medical evidence is not provided for a pupil at a level of persistent absence
· Absence immediately before or after a period of school holiday may not be routinely authorised
· Medical evidence is not provided where there is a regular pattern to illness absence
· The academy considers that the absence was not unavoidable or exceptional
· Medical appointments may not be authorised, if taken during the academy day
· If the academy considers that the pupil could have attended for part of the day but is absent for the whole day a proportionate unauthorised absence will be applied
· A leave of absence request is declined but still taken (this includes holidays in term time)
· If the academy has reasonable grounds or obtains evidence to suggest that information has been falsified when giving reasons for absence, then the academy may unauthorise the absence.