At The Heys School we consider attendance to be central to academic achievement, recent research shows there is a positive correlation between attendance and achievement, the higher the level of attendance, the greater the chance of success. Each year the school sets an attendance target of 96% and the expectation is that all our students achieve this. 96% attendance equates to no more than 7 days absence per academic year. Your child’s attendance will be monitored daily by the Attendance Team and if further intervention is needed, a member of your child’s Pastoral Team will make contact with you and offer support. Persistent poor attendance may be referred to Mrs Jones, the School Attendance Lead.
All medicals should be arranged where possible after the school day. Alternatively if this cannot be avoided try, whenever possible to attend mid-morning clinics so your child can attend the am registration and then return to school and gain their afternoon mark, therefore not affecting their attendance.
Please keep checking your child’s attendance via our Sims Parent App.
Students with good attendance and punctuality are regularly rewarded at the Heys School and success is always celebrated.
If your child is absent due to illness or going to be late due to an appointment, it is expected that parents contact school by 8.30am on 0161 773 2052 each day. All medical appointments must be supported with an appointment card and wherever possible, illnesses supported with medical evidence, these must be given to the attendance team on return to school.
Choose option 1 for absences, where you will either speak with a member of staff or be asked to leave a message on the answerphone. Please remember to leave your child’s s full name, form group and year group and reason for their absence.
Alternatively, parents can email into firstname.lastname@example.org to report a child’s absence.
Any child still absent by 9.00am and where no contact has been received from parent/carer, will receive a phone call home from the Attendance team.
Support and guidance on school attendance is always available. If you would like to discuss this or if you require any support with your child’s attendance, please contact the following:
Attendance Lead: Mrs Jones on 0161 772 4420, Mobile: 07311 440 813
Please encourage your child to attend school every day: just 17 days absence from school a year could mean a drop in GCSE grades in all subjects.
Family holidays should not be arranged during term time. The department for Education announced that from 1st September 2013 there is no entitlement for parents to take their child on holiday in term time. Any absences for leave must be only in exceptional circumstances and a request must be made to the Head Teacher. For more information regarding this please go to www.dfe.gov.uk. Taking a holiday during term time, persistent lateness to school (after the register has closed) or a minimum of 10 unauthorised absences can result in an initial Fixed Penalty Fine for each parent of £60.
All students are expected to arrive on time every day and be ready to learn. Students late to school will be sanctioned.
Being late to school adds up to lost learning:
- Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days of lost learning per academic year.
- Arriving 15 minutes late every day is equal to being absent for 2 weeks of the academic year.
- Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days of the academic year.
Students who arrive in school after the register has closed will be given a U code which is classed as an unauthorised absence, 10 unauthorised absences can result in a Fixed Penalty Fine.