The school encourages good attendance and punctuality because children who attend school regularly learn most effectively. Dormston prides itself upon having a good attendance record and our target for every child is 96% attendance in an academic year.
The School has an Attendance Officer (Ms Jones) who works with parents, pupils and staff to encourage good attendance among all children. The Attendance Officer will contact home on the first day of absence if we have not received a message from a parent/responsible adult. We have regular meetings to discuss attendance with parents, and establish how the school can best support pupils.
The Heads of House work closely with the Attendance Officer, tracking attendance and monitoring punctuality. We also work closely with our Attendance Consultant and the Education Investigation Service (EIS) to ensure and encourage good attendance.
Ultimately, if children are not in school, they cannot learn. Following recent Government Legislation Head Teachers cannot authorise requests for leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. If taken, these absence are liable to referal to the EIS and warning and fines issued.
CHANGES TO PERSISTENT ABSENCE FIGURE
Persistent absence is currently any pupil that has 85% attendance or less. From September 2015 the Department for Education is raising the persistent absence figure from 85% to 90%.
This will mean that a child who is absent for 7 sessions (a morning or an afternoon counts as one session) or more over a half term period will be classed as persistently absent. At this point any absence remains unauthorised unless medical evidence is available.
We are giving you advance notice of this significant change and will inform you as soon as we can of how Dudley Local Authority intends to respond to it and about new procedures we may be required to follow.
Thank you for your continued support