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At Queen’s Park Academy, we aim to ensure that we maximise the learning and opportunity of every child. In order to achieve this, it is imperative that the school, students and parents work in partnership to uphold the ethos and expectations set out in our home school agreement.
It is the right of every young person to receive a full time education and the responsibility of parents, pupils and school staff to work collaboratively to ensure that each child has the best opportunity of achieving their full potential.
Research has highlighted the clear link between poor attendance and low academic achievement, stating that ‘failure to attend school regularly can have a major impact on young people’s education, their future and their life chances’ (DFE).
Persistent absentees are pupils whose attendance falls below 92%.
No absence below 90% will be authorised unless in extenuating circumstances. Queen’s Park Academy will refer any individual child whose attendance is, or is likely to fall to 90% or below to the Educational Welfare Officer. At this point legal proceedings could follow if pupils and parents do not engage with the strategies put in place to address persistent absenteeism and raise attendance.
The school recognises that unique extenuating circumstances may mean that attendance below 90% is unavoidable e.g. in cases of long term illness where medical evidence has been provided. The school will endeavour to act in the best interests of the pupil/family in such instances and will seek advice from the Medical Needs Team (part of Greys Education Centre) to ensure that pupils are able to access their education as far as is possible.
The law states that parents/carers do not have a legal right to take their child out of school during term time. Absence due to a trip abroad will not be authorised.
Unauthorised absence may lead to the involvement of the Educational Welfare Service and/or legal action.