Netherwood Academy recognises the importance of maintaining regular and punctual attendance for all students.
Research shows a strong link between good attendance and increased attainment which in turn gives students better lifelong opportunities.
‘Outstanding Attendance’ is considered to be 98% and above. Anything below 95% is a cause for concern and would trigger an investigation into the circumstances with a decision being made as to whether further action should be taken by the Academy.
Students whose attendance falls below 90% will be classed as a ‘Persistent Absentee’ in line with government classification. If their attendance falls to this level we may make a referral to Education Welfare Service who will work with the family to improve attendance or we may take legal action where necessary. Students who meet this criterion will be monitored and if their attendance fails to improve a Penalty Notice fine may be issued. (Appendix 1)
- The Academy attendance target is to be above 97%.
- The Academy operates a first day of absence notification to reduce truancy.
- Netherwood Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.
Responding to attendance concerns is a safeguarding matter and will be treated as such.