We attach great importance to our work on improving school attendance in line with targets set by both the Local Authority and the Government. To this end, attendance is monitored very closely. Schools that work hard to improve attendance, like ours, have seen a measurable improvement in attainment.
Absence from school can only be authorised by the School and is only acceptable for sickness or agreed special circumstances. Our absence procedure is as follows:
If your child is absent through illness for a prolonged period it may be possible to send work home; please contact your child’s form teacher but bear in mind that if your child is very unwell, he or she may well not feel up to doing any work. It is your child’s responsibility on returning to school to find out from teachers what has been missed and to make up this work. Good, regular attendance improves learning. We are proud of our attendance record at Bishop Stopford’s School and are constantly trying to improve it.
A member of our Senior Management team liaises with the Education Welfare Service who offer help and guidance to pupils who find it difficult to attend school. The school’s Education Welfare Officer has the right to examine our registers and investigate the attendance of any pupil who shows an irregular attendance pattern.
Some of our students make very long journeys to school from other Education Authorities; this can never be an excuse for habitual lateness. If it is impossible for your child to attend punctually it may be better for him or her to attend a school which is more conveniently situated. Please make sure that your child leaves in good time to take into account any difficulties made by overcrowded buses, heavy traffic and so on. Students who are late will serve a 10 minute detention the same day. More frequent lateness may be punished by House or School Detention, and if lateness continues the school may contact parents. The Education Welfare Officer also has a duty to check on children who are frequently late for school.
Students will not be allowed into form rooms until 8.30am. Students who arrive after 8.35am, by which time the register will have been marked, will be shown as latecomers. Any pupil arriving for school after the register has been closed in the morning must go to the School Office to sign in so that we are aware of his or her presence in school. Failure to do so could have fatal consequences in the case of fire as we check the safety of each pupil against the register.
Lateness is actively discouraged at all times, and three late arrivals in one week will be punished by a House Detention. Persistent lateness will be punished more severely. After lunch, students should be at their afternoon lessons by 2.05pm.
No student is to leave the School between 8.35am - 1:15pm and 2.00pm - 3:15pm without the permission of their Head of House/a Deputy Headteacher or Welfare Officer in the case of illness. In all cases, students must register with the Welfare Officer before leaving and after returning.
All students in Years 7 to 10 must remain on the School site during break and lunch times.