Morning Registration will close at 8:45am. Students arriving late to the Academy after 8:45am, must sign in at Reception, giving their reasons for the lateness.
When a student is absent:
Parents/carers must phone the Academy before 8:25am to report that their child will be absent from school and to provide the reason for their absence. If the child is absent for a number of days, parent/carers must phone the Academy every morning to provide an update.
If a child does not arrive at school, and the Academy has not been informed of their absence, a text message alert will be sent asking the parent/carer to contact the Academy to explain the reason for the child’s absence. If there is no response to this message, if appropriate or necessary, members of staff will complete a home visit.
Leave of Absence/Holidays in term time:
In line with the government’s new legislation, effective from 1st September 2013, no requests for holidays can be authorised except in exceptional circumstances. For the Academy to consider exceptional circumstances, parents must submit a letter to the Principal requesting the absence, a minimum of four weeks before the holiday, before booking the holiday. For the Academy to consider this, the request must be put in writing together with any supporting evidence. All holidays are classed as unauthorised, unless you receive confirmation in writing from the Academy that the holiday has been authorised. There are no exceptions.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU TAKE YOUR CHILD ON HOLIDAY DURING TERM-TIME, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISALLOW THEIR PARTICIPATION IN REWARDS ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FOR A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS FOLLOWING THE HOLIDAY. THIS INCLUDES ATTENDANCE AT THE Y11 PROM.
Where ever possible medical appointments should be made out of school time.
If your son/daughter has a medical appointment during the school day then please inform the Attendance Officer of the date and time of the appointment and wherever possible provide written evidence of the appointment in order for your son/daughters absence to be authorised.
We assume that if you have sent your son/daughter to school, you have judged them to be well enough to attend. The priority is to ensure students stay in school in order to learn but if the pastoral team /first aiders deem your son/daughter to be unable to continue in school you will be contacted to ask for advice on whether you wish your son/daughter to stay in school. Academy staff will contact you to confirm arrangements before your son/daughter is sent home. We do ask that students do not contact parent/carers themselves.
If your son/daughter is not well enough to attend, please contact the academy following the Attendance Procedures.
Doctors are generally advised to avoid prescribing medication at dosage intervals that need to be taken during the school day, but, at times, this is unavoidable.
If your son/daughter has regular medication, please let us know – in the unlikely event that we need to call an ambulance, they will ask if your son/daughter takes any medication. We can also watch out for any side-effects, if we are aware that your son/daughter is on medication.
If your son/daughter needs to take medication during the school day, a care plan and a Parent/Carer Agreement form will need to be filled in, with dosages and timings. We prefer all medication to be held at Reception/First Aid, rather than with the student, for the security and safety of your son/daughter and others.
All medication should come to the academy in the original packaging as prescribed, so that the correct dosage and timing can be recorded. We will not allow a student to take prescription only medication unless we have the prescriber’s label, or a copy of, stating their name, and the correct dosage details.
If you wish your son/daughter to have painkillers in school, these should also be held at student reception, and not with the student – please advise us of the dose you wish your son/daughter to have by completing a Parent /Carer Medicine Agreement form – see below.
Any medication not used/collected at the end of the school year will be destroyed.
If it is deemed that your son/daughter requires medical attention during the school day then a First Aid trained member of staff will tend to your son/daughters immediate medical needs.
If it is considered that your son/daughter requires an ambulance during the school day then a member of staff will call 999 and a First Aider will stay with your son/daughter till the ambulance arrives. You will be contacted to be advised that an ambulance is on its way for your son/daughter and advised where to meet them.
Most students with medical issues are able to attend and take part in the same activities as their peers. If your son/daughter has a medical condition, the Academy needs to be made aware, so that we can ensure that their needs are met, with as little disruption to their education as possible. A care plan enables key staff to see any additional measures, or emergency procedures that may need to be undertaken in respect of your son/daughter’s medical condition. If your son/daughter has a medical condition, please contact their Student Welfare Manager to discuss.
Generic Care Plan
Whilst at the Academy, your son/daughter will be offered the remainder of their scheduled school-age immunisations. Click here for more information.
Consent forms will be issued prior to each immunisation, and we ask that the forms are returned whether you consent or not, in order that the immunisation team can record that the immunisations were offered.