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Attendance & Absence

At Abraham Darby Academy we care about our students and we want them to be able to achieve the very best that they can during their time with us, as we know that this provides them with the best opportunities in their chosen career path and in their lives in general. The easiest way to learn and achieve is to attend school every day. By having a good attendance record you will not get behind with your learning, you will be happier socially, you will increase the chances of getting good grades and you will develop positive and consistent relationships. By not attending school you are automatically putting yourself at a disadvantage both academically, socially and emotionally.

Medical needs

We appreciate that some students have genuine health issues and occasionally students may fall poorly. We will work hard and support all families that have genuine medical needs but we would strongly recommend that you keep all medical letters and appointment slips so that we can support you with this issue. Please do not hesitate to contact the school Health Co-ordinator, Mrs Barnard, on (01952) 386061 to discuss any medical needs. Parents must phone school on (01952) 386013 each day giving a valid reason for any student absences. Any students having had a sickness complaint must not return to school for 48 hours after their last episode of sickness.

Punctuality

At Abraham Darby Academy we feel that it is necessary to prepare all our students for the “real world”. If students are late for any lessons or mentoring sessions they will receive at least a 20 minute detention in the first instance. If students are late on more than one occasion they will be given a one hour detention after school. More than 3 lates in any one term will lead to a Senior Leadership Team detention after school and this situation will be closely monitored by both Mentors and the Attendance Team.

Students will be rewarded for good attendance with certificates and reward trips. Those pupils that do not attend school without a valid reason will be monitored closely by the school and the Education Welfare Officer. Failure to respond to warnings may sadly lead to fines and court appearances and this is something that we would rather avoid for all our families.

All mentors are responsible for monitoring and supporting students with their attendance. The staff that are responsible for attendance are as follows:

  • Mrs Angela Bithell, Vice Principal (Pupil Welfare)   (01952) 386064
  • Ms Sandra Blackbourn; Attendance/Student Data Co-ordinator (01952) 386013
  • Mr Barry Green; Attendance Assistant
  • Mrs Isobel Williams; Education Welfare Officer

Please feel free to contact these staff at any time to discuss your child’s punctuality and attendance.

The chart below indicates what is regarded as “outstanding” to “poor” attendance.

Colour % Meaning
Gold 97 and above Excellent
Silver 95-97 Good
Bronze 92-95 Satisfactory – could be better
Purple 85-92 Not good enough
Red Below 85 Unacceptable – must improve

Holidays and Leave of Absence in Term Time

If any parent wishes to request leave of absence in term time for their child, they should write a letter to Mr L J Hadley (Principal) in advance of the absence, outlining the reasons.  No leave/holidays should be booked until the Principal has agreed to give his permission for the absence.  The Principal has the authority to decide whether to authorise any requests for leave of absence in term time.

The Government has renewed appeals to parents not to take their children out of school during term time.  The Governors and Principal of Abraham Darby Academy support this and have decided that students will only be given permission to take leave in term time if there are exceptional circumstances.  Each application will be considered and Mr Hadley will determine the duration of any leave if it is agreed and authorised. However, if the application is not agreed and the absence occurs the dates will be recorded as unauthorised. Parents will be notified of any decision in writing. This notification may be hand delivered directly to the parent, posted to the parent’s home address or emailed to the parent.

We are asked to inform you that, in line with Telford and Wrekin Council Policy, unauthorised absence may be subject to a penalty notice fine of £60 payable per parent, per child, increasing to £120 each if not paid within 21 days.  If this fine is not paid within 28 days this may lead to court proceedings.

Following the Supreme Court decision in the case of Isle of Wight v Jon Platt and the leave in term time case, please click on link below to access the letter from Telford & Wrekin Attendance Support Team regarding information relating to unauthorised leave in term time from school:

Link to letter:  Leave in term time Supreme Court decision – Letter to parents May 2017

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