At The New North Academy, we are constantly striving to be the very best that we can be, and are committed to driving improvement where it is needed. An area of school life where standards are not currently good enough is attendance and punctuality. We have been working really hard in this area to ensure that families know what is expected and to bring down the number of families who are judged to be persistently absent – this is any family whose child(ren)’s attendance is less than 95% Within this sub heading parents will find lots of information around attendance. The key thing to remember is that there is a legal responsibility on parents to ensure their child is in school, on time, every day. If you have problems or difficulties in this area we really do want to hear about them in the hope that we can support you; we have lots of experience in helping families. Some key facts:
- Children should be in class and ready to learn at 9am on the dot. The school gates open at 8.40am and children can start to come in to settle into classes from 8.45am.
- We expect all children to be in school, every day for the 190 school days we are open
- There are 175 days where children are not in school where we expect holidays and medical appointments to be made
- If children are persistently late or absent parents run the risk of receiving a penalty notice (monetary fine)
- The government have recently re-emphasised their expectations of positive school attendance. If your child’s attendance drop to below 95% (this is 10 school days) you are judged to be Persistently Absent and this can potentially result in further fines and Court Orders. This is the government expectation, for all schools, and not just NNA.
We work hard to celebrate the hard work of children and families by holding Attendance Focus Weeks where those with the best attendance receive certificates and trophies; these run every month. For those children and families who arrive on time, every day for a whole term or year there are also special rewards. Mrs Nimira Lalji is our Attendance and Admissions Leader. She works alongside Mrs Jackie Headley, our Education Welfare Officer, and is the person you should talk to if you have any worries around attendance and punctuality.