Attendance at CIS.
By now, I trust you have all had the chance to read our successful inspection reports. Whilst we, and I am sure you, are very proud of the standards achieved, there is one major issue which has to be addressed; that is student attendance.
The data presented to the inspection team meant that CIS attendance rates are on average an alarming 20% below the UK average. This is not the absence due to illness. These are the unauthorized absences, that in England can lead to court fines or even prosecution. As a BSO School, we were and will not be judged on local standards over the foreseeable future as we continue with this inspection process. In English law, only a Headteacher can authorize a pupil’s absence. Additionally, under English law, it is deemed to be breaking provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act if:
Parents fail to ensure that their child attends school regularly.
Parents allow their child to take leave of absence in term time without a school’s authorization.
Parents fail to return their child to school on an agreed date after a leave of absence.
Students persistently arrive late for school after the registration period has closed.
Lateness and absenteeism can disrupt the learning of both the late and absent student but also disturb the learning of others. It can even result in a pupil feeling greater stress and achieving poorer outcomes.
An attendance rate of 90% means that your child is actually absent from lessons for the equivalent of one half day every week. Over five years this is the equivalent of about one half of a school year. Research shows a close link between attendance and punctuality at school and a child’s achievement.
Clearly, at CIS we understand that there are many external influences that affect your child getting to school on time and also even influencing their actual attendance. However, we cannot continue to fall behind the standards expected and we cannot afford learning opportunities to be lost or missed.
Therefore, please note that from the start of Term 2 (Jan. 2016), CIS must be informed at the latest by 8.00am if your child is going to absent due to illness or late. This can be achieved by phoning Mr. Michael on 09038485768 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org and copying your child’s class/form teacher. However, if you have a genuine reason to keep your child out of CIS for any other reason other than sickness, you are expected to apply to the Head of School by email, with at least three working days notice. Your email must also be copied to the Assistant Headteachers of Secondary and Primary. Wherever possible the decision to your application will be made and emailed back to you within the same working day.
It should also be noted that additionally from Term 2 (Jan. 2016) half termly and end of term reports, along with transcripts and references, will refer to student’s attendance and punctuality.
I hope you are able to support this drive to raise standards at our school and thus ensure the very best learning opportunities for all our students.
I would also like to remind you of our resumption date which is the 4th January 2016. We expect all our students present in school on that date as there is no provision for accessing the curriculum outside of school.
Head of School,