It is essential that children attend school as much as possible to make the best use of their education.

If a child’s attendance becomes a cause of concern the academy will ring/write to home or make a home visit.

DON’T FORGET – It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school

The target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 98% attendance. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below. Your child will be informed of their Attendance Group.

 Group 1: No Concern 
The child attends for 100% of the time.

Group 2: Concern 
The child attends for 96% – 99.9% of the time.

Group 3: Risk of Underachievement 
The child attends for 93% – 95.9% of the time.

 Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement 
The child attends for 90% – 92.9% of the time.

 Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement 
The child attends for 0% – 89.9% of the time.

Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for pupils to maximise their learning, and achieve full potential. There are a number of important steps that you can take to ensure your child maintains a high level of attendance:

  • Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Lesson time begins at 8.55am.
  • Ensure the academy has up to date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you by text through parent mail or by telephone if your child is absent and you have not contacted the academy.
  • If your child is ill, contact the academy straight away by phone. Please make sure you telephone the academy every day your child is absent.
  • If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised. Ultimately the academy is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will  be asked to provide medical certificates if your child has a poor attendance record.
  • Ensure that medical appointments are made outside of academy time.
  • Avoid trivial absence such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.
  • Holidays should not be taken in academy time. Holidays will not be authorised during term time.
  • Respond to academy letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.
  • Contact your child’s teacher if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into academy.

Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Astrea Academy Sheffield.

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