The day starts at 8:40am and students are expected in school at this time. Students who
arrive after 8:45am will be recorded as late and sanctions applied in line with school behaviour
Attend all lessons promptly.
to attend regularly to benefit from their education” (Department for Education;
Why Attendance at School is so Important
If a child of compulsory
school age is registered at a school, it is essential that they attend their
school regularly and maintain a pattern of excellent attendance throughout
their school career.
Below are just some of the
key reasons why it is so important children attend school:
To achieve and gain qualifications.
To learn. To have fun.
To make new friends and to sustain current friendships.
To experience new ideas and activities.
To develop new skills. To build confidence and
To have the best possible start in life.
The Impact of Absence
A student is classed as absent if they arrive to school after the register is closed or they do not attend for
any reason. Absence from school disrupts the education of the individual and the whole class. Those
children who do not attend regularly:
not achieve well in exams and limit / put at risk post-16 opportunities such as
college and sixth form places and apprenticeship opportunities.
Find it difficult to maintain friendships.
Are more likely to be involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour
May lead to a criminal prosecution. Yardleys School uses the Birmingham City Council legal FAT-Track
Every half day absence from the school has to be classified by the school (not by parents), as either
authorised or unauthorised.
Legitimate reasons for absence from school
There may be times when your child is too
unwell to come to school, however, such occasions should be very rare.
Remember, even if your child is not 100% well, if they are at school,
they will still be learning!
It is highly unlikely
that your child should be absent from school for any of the following reasons:
Stomach pains or
A cold, runny nose or
A sports injury that
has not required medical attention.
Going on a school
trip or educational visit the previous day.
Any other ailment
that is non-contagious and is not sufficient to prevent your child’s learning.
How Parents Can Help
Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings
so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
Make sure your child goes to school every day.
Take family holidays outside term time
Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.
Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school
hours when possible.
Always inform the school if your child is absent due to
Take truancy seriously – if your child is not attending
school as you expect they may be putting themselves at risk – Who are they
with? What are they doing?
Talk to your child about school and take an interest in
their school work (including homework).
Attend parent evenings and school events.
Praise and reward your child’s effort and achievements
Wherever possible, parents/cares should make every effort to avoid
making medical or dental appointments during the school day. It is preferable
to try and arrange these during holiday periods or after the end of
the school day. If an appointment has to be made at the beginning of the school day, this should not
result in a whole day’s absence from school. If an unavoidable appointment
requires the student to be collected during the school day, they must be
collected by an adult listed on the student’s record.
feel that your child may need additional support at school due to a medical
issue, you can contact your child’s Head of Year.
Our Absence and Attendance Policy is available on the School Policies page of our website.