Here at Airedale Academy, we firmly believe in and uphold the principle that outstanding attendance at school is vital to future success and that students should be aiming to achieve at least 98% attendance during the school year. At 90% attendance, students are missing the equivalent of one half-day each week: over a school year this adds up to 18 school days missed.
Recent Government research has shown that good attendance gives a student a much higher chance of passing their exams, which in turn leads to better further education and employment opportunities. Furthermore, being in school means that students get the chance to join in many extra-curricular activities and make many friends. This is why we feel that it is so important that students attend regularly and aim to have outstanding attendance above 98%.
What if my child is absent?
If your child is going to be absent for any reason, please contact the Academy on the number below so that the registers can be updated as soon as possible. A note should be addressed to your child's form tutor upon his/her return to the Academy giving an explanation for any absence.
T: 01977 664569 - Attendance Officer
Will the Academy approve holidays in term time?
Holidays should not be taken during term time - the Academy will refuse to authorise holidays taken during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. In all instances, a letter should be sent to the Principal requesting authorisation, although you should note that it is unlikely the holiday will be considered by the Academy as an authorised absence.
My child has an appointment what should I do?
We ask that, where possible, all appointments should be made out of school hours so that learning time is not lost. For Health and Safety reasons all students who need to leave the Academy during the day need to sign out at reception. Students will need to have a letter of explanation, which has been signed by a member of teaching staff, and students must ensure they sign back in on their return to the Academy. Any student leaving the school site should be picked up by a parent or carer.
If a student arrives after 8.30am for any reason (even if authorised/pre-agreed), the student must sign in with the Attendance office, located in the Student Welfare offices.
How does the Academy reward good attendance?
The Academy works hard to reward those students who display an excellent level of attendance and also those students who make a huge effort to improve their attendance level. Some of the rewards currently used include:
- ‘Fast pass’ for lunchtime;
- Termly attendance raffle for vouchers;
- Inter-form attendance cup;
- ‘Stop the Timetable’ afternoon;
- Small prizes such as selection boxes or Easter Eggs;
- Celebration assemblies;
- Letters home celebrating good attendance;
- Termly certificates;
- Film afternoons for students with 100% attendance;
- Attendance postcards and stickers;
I am struggling to get my child to attend school can you help?
The Academy has a dedicated team of staff who work hard to ensure that attendance is a top priority for students and staff at the school. If your child is having problems with coming to school, please contact the school and ask to speak to Ms Parker (the Education Welfare Officer) sooner rather than later. We also have attendance mentors who are keen to help and encourage students to attend school. Alternatively you can speak with your child’s Progress Leader about any concerns.
T: 01977 664565 - Ms Parker, EWO
T: 01977 664569 - Attendance Officer
What is persistent absences?
Persistent absence (or PA) is when a student’s attendance falls below 90%. For any student’s attendance to be below 90% there should be a very good medical reason. Airedale Academy takes a tough stance on persistent absence because our records show that such a poor level of attendance has a massive effect on the final outcome of those students in terms of examination success and in generally getting on well within the school community.
The Academy has a dedicated team of Mentors and a full time Education Welfare Officer who spend a lot of time with PA students; however, it is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure their child attends school. Where it is clear that this responsibility is not being met, the Academy will use a fast-track system and then prosecution if there is no improvement in attendance.
What if my child continually fails to attend school?
Fast-track is a system that involves parents, students, mentors, Progress Leaders and the EWO putting together an agreement which records that a student’s attendance has been noted as failing and needs improving urgently. After the agreement is drawn up the student and their family get six weeks to show an improvement in attendance before a Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued.
In the rare situation that a student’s attendance fails to improve for no apparent reason then the Academy will consult the Education Welfare Service and may decide to prosecute.
Students should arrive at the academy for 8:25am and be in their form rooms by 8:30am ready for registration and form time. Airedale Academy views punctuality to school as a very important issue as we believe it prepares our students for the world of work. If a student arrives late to school without a valid excuse (either by letter or phone call) the student will receive a 60 minute detention after school. Parents will be informed about this detention via a text message. Should the student fail to turn up to this detention they will have to complete a 60 minute follow-up detention with a member of the Senior Leadership Team the following day. If students fail to attend the follow-up detention, a day in Step Out will be issued. Persistent lates will result in the school governors and the Education Welfare Officer becoming involved and the school may decide to prosecute for non-attendance.