Focus on Attendance and Punctuality
Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. At Waltham Toll Bar Academy we wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends the academy every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties, but we are also committed to improving attendance levels at the academy.
The target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 97% attendance. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below.
Group 1: No Concern - Green Group The child attends for 97% - 100% of the time.
Group 2: Concern - Yellow Group The child attends for 95% - 96.9% of the time.
Group 3: Risk of Underachievement – Amber Group The child attends for 93% - 94.9% of the time.
Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement – Pink Group The child attends for 90% - 92.9% of the time.
Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement – Red Group The child attends for 0% - 89.9% of the time.
Your child will be informed of their Attendance Group by their form tutor. Waltham Toll Bar Academy are monitoring students closely whose attendance is falling and will contact you if your child’s attendance does not improve. As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your child attends Academy regularly and punctually, even if they are missing School without your knowledge. It is important that parents/carers monitor single day’s absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.
At Waltham Toll Bar Academy we reward pupils who attend the academy each day and whose attendance is improving. Students are also rewarded for good punctuality. Each week, students in the form with the highest percentage attendance for the week will be awarded with achievement points. At the end of each term, students in the Green Group will be rewarded with an invitation to share a meal with members of the attendance team, and at the end of the year, students in the Green Group will be rewarded with a trip.
If you are concerned about this new ‘Focus on Attendance’, there are important steps that you can take:
Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Waltham Toll Bar Academy.