Regular school attendance is the key to enabling children and young people to maximise the educational opportunities available to them and become emotionally resilient, confident and competent adults who are able to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community.
Denaby Main Primary Academy aims to meet its obligations with regards to school attendance by:
- Promoting good attendance and reducing absence, including persistent absence;
- Ensuring every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled;
- Building a culture of safeguarding: ensuring all students feel safe, protected and valued;
- Having clear and swift responses to address concerns including patterns of absence;
- Supporting parents/carers to perform their legal duty to ensure their children of compulsory school age attend regularly, and will promote and support punctuality.
We monitor attendance closely and parents should notify school every day if their child is absent. If we do not hear from parents we will try to make contact and the Safeguarding Team may conduct home visits if no contact can be made.
The ‘Astrea Attendance Tree’ is used to illustrate our whole school attendance target and levels/percentages of pupils attendance. The tree is used and displayed across the school, by all staff.
Attendance is celebrated each week in Assembly and there are special events and rewards throughout the year.
Holidays in Term-Time
Principals will not grant any leave of absence to pupils during term time unless they consider there to be ‘exceptional circumstances’.
We define ‘exceptional circumstances’ as a personal/family/celebratory event that cannot be repeated year on year.
The school considers each application for term-time absence individually, taking into account the specific facts, circumstances and relevant context behind the request. A leave of absence is granted entirely at the Principal’s discretion.