Tavistock College is committed to providing a full and effective educational experience for all students. We believe that if students are to benefit from education, good attendance is crucial. Irregular attendance undermines the educational process and can lead to educational and social disadvantage. As a College we do all that we can to ensure maximum attendance for all students. Any problems that prevent full attendance will be identified and addressed as speedily as possible.
It is the policy of our College to celebrate achievement. Attendance is a critical factor to a productive and successful school career and establishes a good pattern for later life. Our College will actively promote and encourage 100 per cent attendance for all our students. We recognise that parents have a vital role to play and that there is a need to establish strong home-school links and communication systems that can be utilised whenever there is concern about attendance.
The Education Act 1996 requires parents/carers to ensure their children receive effective, full- time education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise. Schools and Colleges are responsible for recording student attendance twice a day; once at the start of the morning session and once during the afternoon session. At Tavistock College an electronic registration system is in place. Student attendance is recorded for every lesson.
Parents/carers are legally responsible for ensuring that their children attend school. This extends to ensuring that students arrive at College on time, properly attired, with correct equipment and in a condition to learn. The College will make every effort to promote good attendance, giving advice and support where needed.
The EWS is a part of the Devon Local Authority (the LA). Its aim is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to benefit from a full time education by attending school regularly. The EWS can help and advise parents/carers who may be experiencing difficulties that prevent this. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that their child attends school regularly and the EWS expects parents/carers to do all that is necessary to make sure this happens.
It is a criminal offence for a child not to attend school regularly and, as the parent, this is your responsibility. A Penalty Notice may therefore be issued, requiring you to pay a fine of up to £120 per parent/carer, per child if their attendance is below an acceptable level. In certain circumstances you may be prosecuted and be required to attend the Magistrates Court where you could face up to 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £2,500. You will be given every opportunity to improve your child’s attendance and you will receive a written warning before any legal action is taken.
There is a legal responsibility to have a morning and an afternoon registration
** Any absence where a reason is NOT provided, will be followed up with a letter from the Attendance Officer.
In any case of absence, parents/carers should contact the College by one of the following methods:
Be aware that absence from school will only be authorised if it is for the following reasons:
NOTES TO PARENTS/CARERS
The law does not grant parents/carers an automatic right to take their children out of school during term time. If the request is for an absence in term time you must have Parental Responsibility and be the parent/carer with whom the child normally lives. Permission must be sought in advance. If the circumstances relating to this request are considered exceptional and the absence is authorised by the school, the authorising of the absences will be conditional on the child’s(rens’) attendance being satisfactory up to the date covered by this request.
Warning: If the school refuses your request and the child is still taken out of school, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. A significant amount of unauthorised absence may make you liable to a Penalty Notice for each child, payable by each parent/carer, or the subject of court proceedings which could result in a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a term of imprisonment of up to 3 months. Absences will only be authorised if there are considered to be exceptional circumstances AND none of the following apply;
Absence Request Form S2 must be submitted a minimum of four weeks in advance to the College (available from Student Services). The absence will only be authorised at the Principal’s discretion.
If an absence is authorised by the school it remains conditional upon attendance being 95% or over, up until the date of absence. If the school withdraws the authorisation due to the attendance dropping to an unacceptable level, the parent/carer will be informed of this in writing.
If a parent/carer is refused an absence request and the student is still taken out of school by the parent/carer, you may be issued with a penalty notice for the unauthorised absence.
It is the legal responsibility of parents/carers to ensure their child attends all lessons as required. Parents/carers will be informed by the Attendance Officer if their child has been identified as truanting from the college. Persistent cases may be referred to the EWO who may consider issuing a Penalty Notice
It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure their child attends full time education and arrives at college on time. Punctuality is monitored by the College and parents will be contacted if their child is not arriving to College on time. If a child persistently arrives after the registers close, cases will be referred to the EWO who may consider issuing a Penalty Notice.
This document was adopted by the Full Governing Body on 11/12/2013
The document is subject to review on a annual basis.
Page updated 06 January 2014