The Hereford Academy is working to improve the attendance of all students. We have found that if a student's attendance is 95% or above, it has a strong impact on their exam results.
We are therefore working hard to improve attendance and hope the following information will help us to keep our record at The Hereford Academy.
What to do if your child is ill
A parent/carer must contact the academy before 9.30am to inform us of your child's absence.
Please contact us and leave a message as to the nature of the absence for each of the child's illness. A note should be provided with the child on their return to school to be logged on their file.
The attendance office can be contacted on 01432 373570 option 3 or 01432 373588.
As from academic year 2012/2013 there is a change in the academy's attendance policy.
To keep in line with government policy, we will no longer be authorising holidays in term time. If a student is taken out of school during term time they will automatically be referred to the Education Department. This will result in the parent/carer receiving a fixed penalty fine of not less than £60 per child per parent and no more than £120 per child and parent.
Exceptional circumstances will be considered.
Lates are a problem
Students who are persistently late for school will receive a 30 minute detention on a Friday after school. Parents will not automatically be notified of this detention. Parents/carers may be called into school to discuss their child's punctuality.
We ask you as parent/carer to ensure your child is on time for school.
You may be asked to attend our attendance panels, with your child, to discuss their attendance/lates/sickness. It is important you attend these if you are asked; this is to discuss a way forward to resolve any issues we have, you have or your child has. You may be asked to sign an Attendance Contract. This is another way we monitor your child's attendance. You are only asked to attend a panel if your child's attendance is cause for concern.
Failure to attend will result in your child being referred to the Education Department and their involvement will result in the following:
- Letter of concern
- Home visit
- Penalty Notice Warning
- Fixed Penalty Fine (£60 to £120)
- Meeting under caution
If you have any questions please contact the Attendance Team on:
01432 373570 option 3 or 01432 373588
Mrs J Miller - Admin Assistant Attendance & Safeguarding
Mrs S Horton - 01432 373570 Ext: 148
For further information, please view our Attendance Policy (download pdf below).