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Sixth Form Attendance Policy
Above all else, regular attendance is the key to success at Post-16 study, as it is proven that pupils that are in school achieve far better results than those who are consistently absent. With this in mind, we ask all parents to fully support our Attendance Policy which is outlined below:
Aside from exceptional circumstances, students’ target attendance is 96% over the course of the year. This equates to no more than seven days’ leave due to illness or medical appointments.
Students’ attendance is regularly monitored by their Head of House and those whose attendance is persistently low without valid reason will be asked to attend a meeting with Mr Locke or Mrs Day and Afternoon Study Leave may be revoked. Further deterioration may result in their place in the Sixth Form being reviewed.
Students are expected to take responsibility for ensuring that they are present for registers. Any student that is absent for their morning or afternoon register due to lateness is asked to present to Mrs Day as soon as they arrive in school.
In the event of illness, absence must be confirmed by a parent or carer by 9.30am or it cannot be authorised and will be classed as truancy. Please call the school absence line on 01227 826200. Parents of students that are absent with no reason given by this time will be contacted by Mrs Day. In the case of repeated unexplained absence, parents/carers will be asked to attend a meeting with Mr Locke.
When possible, please ensure that any medical appointments take place outside of school hours. When a medical appointment is unavoidable, please can parents provide a confirmation email to Mrs Day J.DAY@st-anselms.org.uk before the appointment takes place.
Please note that absence due to holiday, part time work or driving lessons/tests will not be authorised under any circumstances. In the event of any other absence such as university visits/interviews or family circumstances, please email Mrs Day directly.
Truancy from lessons (including Study Periods and Form Time) will result in an after school detention either with the subject teacher, Head of House or Mr Locke. Repeated truancy will lead to a review of the students’ place in the Sixth Form. Please note that attendance to Form Time is compulsory for all students and no student is permitted to leave the school site before lunchtime.
Students that are persistently late may be required to make up the time in the Supervised Study Area (please see the Supervised Study Section below).
If at any time, you have concerns regarding your child’s attendance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Day in confidence, who will be very happy to offer support and guidance.
Mr Locke, Head of Sixth Form: S.LOCKE@st-anselms.org.uk
Mrs Day, Sixth Form Support Officer: J.DAY@st-anselms.org.uk