How important is it for you to ensure your child attends school?
- Making sure your child attends school is one of the most important things you can do to help them achieve their target grades.
- Your child should have an attendance of 97% or above. Do you know what their attendance is at the moment?
- There is a direct link between attendance and achievement. The graph below shows last year’s year 11 achievement. You can see that students with 97% and above attendance (excellent) achieved far better grades than other students in the year.
Please note that all students’ attendance is continuously monitored over a twelve month period for eligibility to be actioned by Birmingham City Council on their prosecution programme: Fast Track Attendance.
Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states that as a Parent/carer of a child of statutory school age, you have a legal responsibility to ensure their full time education through regular attendance at school or otherwise.
Here at the Academy, we run successful campaigns alongside the Prosecuting Team. This is shown in positive results for attendance and academic achievement, especially with some students who are attending for their final year before seeking a college placement.
Following on is the letter sent out to all students at the beginning of the school year in September. This clearly explains the guidelines around taking your children out of the Academy for Leave of Absence during Term Time. It also states the impact that missing out on education has for your child and the repercussions unauthorised absence has for parents when fined and given criminal records by the courts.
Leave in Term time: 96 Parents fined £60= £5,760, 6 Parents fined £120= £720, 38 Parents fined £11,976 (higher level) Totalling: £18,456
Fast track Attendance: 37 Parents fined £60= £2,220, 17 Parents fined £5,123(higher level) Totalling: £7,343
Warwickshire Attendance Service:
At Washwood Heath Academy we monitor student’s attendance on a daily basis and report weekly on attendance and punctuality to Pastoral teams working with your child. Warwickshire Attendance Service are working with the Academy as an additional support mechanism to ensure good attendance across the Trust and its schools. If your child’s attendance is of a concern you will be notified in writing. Your child will be asked to participate in an Individual Attendance plan with their Form Tutor to try and raise attendance levels. If attendance fails to improve you may be invited in for meetings to discuss how best we support your child in attending School. If all school attendance support strategies fail to improve attendance your child will be referred to the Local Authority for action on their attendance Fast Track.