Attendance Update Autumn 2021

Following the last two years of unsettled education due to the Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining the highest possible attendance is more important than ever.

Ivanhoe teaching staff are working hard with all students to maximise their educational opportunities and address any gaps in learning. In addition, students have missed out on many enrichment and social development opportunities, so excellent attendance will give them the chance to take part in the many activities Ivanhoe has to offer. 

Covid- 19 is still very much with us, and we are working hard in school to maintain the safest environment for our students and staff.  ​We are sensitive to individual cases and expect students and parents to follow all guidance relating to Covid-19 and we will continue to update parents of any changes to the guidance via our parent bulletins and MyEd.

 

The Importance of Good Attendance

Under Section 36 of the Education Act 1994, parents of children of compulsory school age are required to ensure that they receive efficient full-time education, whether by regular school attendance or otherwise. Ivanhoe also acknowledges the significant impact attendance has on our students’ academic and personal success.

Our aims are:

  • To achieve a high level of attendance by all students in the school.
  • To ensure punctuality in arriving at school and at lessons.
  • To maximise the impact the college’s strategies for attendance and punctuality.

If attendance falls below 95% it will have a major impact on a child’s attainment and overall success in school. In light of this, parents and carers are asked to take steps to ensure your child attends school every day.

Absences soon mount up – see the impact of time off over one year:
 


Reporting an Absence

Any absence should be reported to the Attendance Officer at school by 9.30am

Any daily student absence, for which no message has been received, will trigger a text alert to parents/carers to inform them of their child’s non-attendance.

Leave of Absence Including Holidays

If your child is taken out of school for a holiday in term time without agreement of the school or in excess of that agreed, the school will notify Leicestershire County Council who may issue a Penalty Notice.  Penalty Notices are issued per parent per child at £120 each (discounted to £60 if paid within 21 days) if no payment is received, the Local Authority will refer the case directly to the Magistrates Court for the purposes of a criminal prosecution.

Appointments During School Time

Medical/dental appointments should be made outside of the normal school day. Where this is not possible a note and appointment card should be sent to the school. Students must attend school before and after the appointment wherever possible.

Prior notice of apppointments should be made to the Form Tutor no later than the previous school day, wherever possible. Alternatively, a message can be left on the absence line for the Attendance Officer.

If students arrive at school, from an appointment during the school day, they are expected to bring a note from the parents or carer. If they do not bring a note, the parent or carer will receive a telephone call.

To view the school full Attendance Policy click here

If you have any questions regarding your child's attendance, or requests for absence, please contact our Family Liaison and Attendance Officer; Fiona Pennington on 01530 412756 ext 253, or email: f.pennington@ivanhoe.co.uk.

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