At Tewkesbury Academy we want and expect our students to attend school every day, unless they are really not well enough to.
We believe children who attend regularly are more likely to feel settled in school, maintain friendships, keep up with their learning and gain the greatest benefit from their education.
Attending on time every day also helps students form good habits which can stay with them throughout their education and on into the workplace.
Please remember we are here to help in any way we can. If you have any concerns about your child that you wish to discuss with us, please do get in touch.
Your child’s tutor is always their first point of contact. If, however, you have specific attendance concerns or queries then please phone the academy on 01684 292152 and follow the links to attendance. Alternatively, please email the attendance team at [email protected].
Arriving at school on time is not only essential for the student’s own learning, it encourages habits of good timekeeping and lessens any classroom disruption. Late arrival means students risk missing important information which can seriously disadvantage them.
Students can arrive on site from 8:00am
Students who are late to school three times within one half term will be set a next-day after school detention.
Staff may ask to meet with parents/carers of students who regularly arrive late to discuss reasons for lateness and explore solutions.
Students should attend school on every day the school is open, unless they are really not well enough to.
Minor ailments should not be a reason for staying at home. If your child attends school when feeling slightly under the weather, but feels worse during the school day, they can let a member of staff know and we will contact you if we think your child needs to go home. If you aren’t sure whether or not to send your child to school, please contact the attendance team and we will be happy to advise.
If your child is too ill to attend, you must notify the academy before 8:30 on the first day of absence. If your child is ill for more than one day, you will need to notify the academy on each morning of the absence, unless otherwise agreed.
To report an absence, please use one of the following options:
Telephone the absence line 01684 851806 please state child’s name, year group and reason for absence.
Email: [email protected]
Use the school app (Edulink)
Please clearly explain the symptoms your child has, when the symptoms started, and when you expect your child to be well enough to return to school. If you are unsure, please follow the NHS guidance suggested here or contact the attendance team.
By law, schools must record all student absences and whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised.
Please try to avoid medical and dental appointments in school time. If this is unavoidable, arrange appointments so the minimum school time is lost. Unless it is an emergency appointment, parents/carers are expected to let the academy know about the appointment in advance, with evidence of the appointment.
The academy will follow up any student absences where the parent/carer has not contacted us to explain why, or where we are unclear about the reason for absence.
If you fail to notify us of the reason for your child’s absence, it will be recorded as unauthorised.
Where the academy has cause for concern about the reason for a student’s absence, staff may seek additional information or evidence from parents/carers, and/or make a home visit to verify the reason.
Unauthorised absences may result in a penalty notice or prosecution.
Attending school every day helps children and young people maximise their learning and enjoy the benefits of their education. It really does make a difference.
For that reason, the academy will not authorise any leave of absence in term time, unless satisfied the reason is exceptional.
We ask parents and carers to request permission in advance, and only if absolutely necessary. Any requests should be put in writing via the appropriate form (available via this link and wherever possible with at least four weeks’ notice. The parent or carer who the child normally lives with should make the application.
Parents/carers are reminded that unauthorised term-time leave may result in a penalty notice or prosecution.
If you have any questions about the information provided, or any other attendance related questions, please contact your child’s year team, or the attendance team at [email protected].
Our full school attendance policy can be found below.