Attendance

Student Absence

If students are ill or unable to attend school, we require parents to contact us on the morning of absence by way of one of the following:

TEXT: message to 07860055717

School phone number: 01946-692275 –option 1

Email:  attendance@st-benedicts.cumbria.sch.uk

  • Please leave a voicemail if the line is busy, as it will be actioned.
  • When a student is absent from school and no message is received from home, the school will automatically text the parent via SIMS InTouch to ascertain the reason for the child’s absence.
  • If we do not hear from you before 10:30am we will aim to contact you via telephone.
  • To enable the school to authorise absence due to medical appointments (hospital, doctor, dentist, orthodontist or physiotherapist), parents/carers must provide evidence in the form of an appointment card or letter.  This evidence should be given to the school receptionist prior to the appointment. Where appointments occur during the school day, it is expected that the minimum time possible away from school will be taken. We do not expect children to miss an entire day of school for a local appointment.
  • If reasons for absence are not provided, a year group Learning Mentor / Student Support Officer will contact home. If no reason is provided within seven days, absences become unauthorised.

Attendance Matters

  • Attendance and punctuality are being monitored all the time.  At St Benedict’s 95% or above is considered to be good attendance.
  • Attendance and attainment go hand in hand. Research has shown that if a student misses 17 or more days in ANY school year for any reason, this will reduce any one of his/her GCSE results by one grade.

Important Information

 

From September 2015, the government reduced the persistent absence threshold from 15 per cent to 10 per cent. Therefore, a student is now considered to have persistent absence if their attendance falls below 90% (19 days’ absence).
A student with attendance of 90% or below is considered to be a persistent absentee and there will be involvement and monitoring in order to improve this and avoid prosecution.

Parents/carers can continue to help by ensuring the following:

  • Make general medical check-up appointments for your child in school holidays.
  • Make appointments at doctors’ surgeries after school, as many are now open until quite late.
  • Produce a doctor’s/dental/orthodontist appointment card if your child arrives late during a morning or needs to leave early for an unavoidable appointment.
  • Return your child to school immediately after a medical appointment, if they are well, rather than them being absent for the whole day.
  • Obtain medical evidence in the form of a doctor’s note, consultant’s appointment letter, prescription information, appointment card or advice from a medical practitioner. This is essential for school to continue to authorise absences when a student’s attendance falls below 90%.
  • Avoid taking holidays during term time.