Good Attendance Matters - Parents

Your child will only be successful at school if they attend school.    Our aspiration is for everyone at Kimberley School to attend for more than 95% of the year. If your child’s attendance falls below 95% then they will fall behind.  Days off add up to lost learning. 

 

Even if your child’s attendance is at 95% this will mean that you have missed 40 lessons in one year – the equivalent of 8 full days of lessons.

All parents and carers should know that:

  • Every morning that your child is absent you must contact us before 8:45 am and set out a valid reason for the absence by dialling 0115 9387000 and selecting option 1.  Do not send this through School Gateway.  If you do not contact us then the absence will be unauthorised and you could be issued with a penalty notice by the Local Authority

  • If your child is absent from school and you have not contacted us with a valid reason then our attendance officer may conduct a home visit to check the child is safe and well.

  • The legal requirement for students to self-isolate if they test positive for Covid-19 was removed on the 24th February 2022.  Students are also no longer expected to test twice weekly.

  • The remote curriculum is only “second best” to being in school.  It is there for students who have to self-isolate and it is a temporary measure only.  Your child will not be successful if they stay off school in the long term and access the remote curriculum.

  • It is your legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school.  Your child has a right to attend school, it is not your right to keep them at home.

  • We do understand that there are legitimate health reasons why some children miss school.  Our approach is not punitive.  Our first instinct will always be to work with parents and carers to support you in ensuring good attendance for your child whatever the circumstances you face.

  • Following the pandemic it is more important than ever that your child attends school so that they can make sure that they get quickly back on track to achieving their academic and social potential.

  • There are 175 days a year when school is not open, this is time for your child to spend on family time, visits, shopping, holidays, household jobs and other appointments.  They should not miss school for these reasons.

  • There are still significant measures in place to keep school safe during the pandemic.  These include ventilation, enhanced, cleaning, hand sanitisation, seating arrangements.  The majority of people in school are now vaccinated.     The risk to your child’s education and future prospects should not outweigh concerns you have about the virus in school.

  • The final few days before a school holiday are not a "good time" for your child to stay off school.  Teachers across the school will continue to teach normal curriculum lessons and if your child misses these they will fall behind.  Keeping your child off school so that they can avoid testing positive before a family holiday will be an unauthorised absence.

  • Parents should not keep one child off school because a sibling/friend or cousin is ill.  We do monitor this and we are unable to authorise an absence where we believe a child has missed school because a sibling/friend or cousin is off school.

  • You can view your child's attendance by downloading the Show My Homework app.  

  • If your child’s attendance falls below 95% the attendance officer will send a letter to you to alert you to this.   We know that in some instances this might be because of periods of self-isolation - the contact is intended to be supportive and no student will be penalised.

  • If your child’s attendance falls below 90%  we will then contact you again and will more closely monitor future attendance.  Our attendance officer may contact you to arrange a meeting so that we can put in place a plan to help you improve your child's attendance.

  • If, following this, your child's attendance continues to drop and we do not think there is a legitimate reason then we may refer you to the Local Authority who may issue you with a penalty notice or even prosecute you.

  • If you are concerned about your child’s attendance and you need support, then the first point of contact for each year group is listed below:

  • Attendance above 95% gives your child the best chance of success in your exams.

  • Attendance below 95% means your child has less chance of success and are likely to average a 1 grade loss in exam performance.

  • Attendance below 90% means that they have limited chance of success and are likely to fail or fall very short of your target grades.

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Year 7.  Holli Levett (h.levett@kimberleyschool.co.uk). Extension 279

Year 8.  Louise Smith (l.smith@kimberleyschool.co.uk) or Jo Pates (j.pates@kimberleyschool.co.uk).  Extension 262

Year 9.  Maura Wilkinson (m.wilkinson@kimberleyschool.co.uk). Extension 213

Year 10. Eleri Dunstan (e.dunstan@kimberleyschool.co.uk). Extension 273

Year 11. Donna Wheatley (d.hawkes@kimberleyschool.co.uk). Extension 267

Year 12 and 13.  Jane Booth (j.booth@kimberleyschool.co.uk). Extension 225

Following your contact these staff will either work with you to improve your child’s attendance or they may ask our attendance officer Chelsea Magill to work with you instead.

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