Attendance

Absence

At Tettenhall Wood School we believe that it is important that all pupils attend school as much as they possibly can.

Being absent from school means that pupils cannot learn and they make less progress. Being at school is the most effective way for a school to safeguard their pupils. Persistent absence therefore leads to poor progress and attainment.

Tettenhall Wood School have implemented a robust system to monitor the attendance of all pupils.

  • The attendance of all pupils is monitored on a daily basis and a reason for any absence is recorded.
  • Where a reason for any absence has not been given the school have a system in place to address this.
  • The attendance of all pupils is tracked on a fortnightly basis.
  • As a result of the tracking School identifies pupils who have an attendance below 95% or who have a pattern of attendance that is a cause for concern.
  • The attendance of this group of pupils is then RAG rated.
  • The school identifies actions to address the absence and increase the attendance.
  • The impact of the actions that have been implemented are monitored every two weeks

School truly believes that working closely with parents/carers has a positive impact on attendance.

What do I do if my child is not able to attend school?
  • Notify the school by telephone on Day 1 as soon as possible, but no later than 10.00 a.m. by calling the main office on 01902 556519 and keep the school office updated on Day 3 and Day 5 if the absence continues. Please do not send a message about your child’s absence through the transport service or Class Dojo to their teacher.
  • Give a reason for the absence
  • Give the expected return date if possible
  • Provide evidence of medical appointments such as a hospital or dentist appointment letter/card
What do I do if my child is going to be late for school?
  • If you know your child is going to be late because of an appointment for instance, please notify the school by telephone as soon as possible, but no later than 10.00 a.m. by calling the main office on 01902 556519
  • If you bring your child into school, please report to the main office so that they receive a mark in the register and a lunch can be ordered if required
What do I do if I need to request a ‘Leave of Absence’ for my child?

The school will only authorise term time absences in exceptional circumstances where the benefits of the leave of absence to the child’s emotional, educational, cultural and/or spiritual development outweigh the loss of learning. Any application for a Leave of Absence must be made in writing.

  • Please request a Leave of Absence application form from the main office
  • When completed return the form to the Headteacher 14 days in advance of the proposed start date of the absence
  • You will then promptly be notified of the school’s decision as to whether the absence will be authorised
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