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Attendance and Punctuality

We take attendance and its link to attainment very seriously at Ormiston Forge Academy and expect all students to be reaching an attendance target of at least 95%.

It is a parent/carer responsibility to ensure their child attends the academy regularly and on time. Whilst we appreciate that sometimes absence is unavoidable, due to illness, medical appointments or holidays taken during term time it will undoubtedly impact on your child’s attendance and in turn their attainment. It is proven that attainment is connected to good attendance; missing crucial time at the academy could have an impact on any exams that your child may be taking. Remember that one day’s absence is 5 lessons missed and one week’s absence is 25 lessons missed. This is valuable learning time that cannot be given back. Your child misses out every time they are absent from the academy, so consider this when booking holidays during term time and make medical or dental appointments outside of academy hours wherever possible.

Punctuality

The academy day starts at 8.45am. Students are expected to attend every day and on time. We take punctuality very seriously at the academy therefore any student arriving to the academy or lessons late will receive a 20 minute detention for each late recorded.

Education Welfare Service

The academy works in partnership with the Education Welfare Service to ensure regular attendance from all of its students and to assist and support students and their families. If your child is not attending the academy regularly, the absence has not been authorised by the academy and there has been no improvement following the academy’s attempts to get an improvement, an Education Welfare Officer may visit you. This may result in legal action being taken.

Holiday In Term Time

Amendments to the 2006 regulations have removed references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that we may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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