At The Peak Academy, Attendance Matters!
Research proves that there is a very clear relationship between excellent school attendance and academic achievement. Year after year, the students with the best school attendance achieve the best results. We are passionate about providing students with the best possible life chances and as such, know they have to ‘be here to get there.’
All students at The Peak Academy are set an attendance target of 96% or above.
Students with 96% attendance and above are more likely to:
- Be appointed to a well-paid job.
- Make the best progress in their subjects.
- Develop good habits for work and wider life.
- Achieve higher than average grades in their GCSEs.
- Secure a place at a college, University or a training course.
- Maintaining strong and sound friendships.
Parents, carers and families are therefore asked to ensure that their child is in school every day of term.
If your child is absent from school you must telephone Sandra Lewis our schools DSL on the first day of absence before 8.30am and provide a reason.
- If we do not receive communication, you will receive a phone call home from our DSL
- A home visit may be made depending on the student’s attendance record and the nature of the absence.
Home visits will be conducted by members of the Senior Leadership Team if a student’s attendance is of concern. The purpose of making home visits is to have a conversation with families about their young person’s attendance, complete a safeguarding check and offer support where applicable.
Please be aware that The Peak Academy works closely with Gloucestershire Council and The White Horse Federation and will transfer any cases of persistently poor attendance for possible prosecution in either the Family or Magistrates court.
Rewarding Great Attendance
100% Attendance Club
Maintaining an attendance record of 100% is a brilliant achievement and one that we are delighted to reward and celebrate. Students who achieve 100% attendance will be given a much-deserved place in the 100% Attendance Club. Membership of the club entitles students to termly pop up rewards events throughout the year.
Each week pupils are given 100% attendance matters slips – a name if drawn out of the box each week during assembly and award given.
This year we have termly rewards planned such as:
- · Love 2 shop vouchers
We recognise 100% Attendance as being a huge achievement and one that needs significant reward and celebration! Therefore, only students with 100% Attendance will be granted access to the club. The 100% attendance club is a reward for those students who show determination and strive for excellence at school. We do, however, recognise that in some cases, absence from school is unavoidable. Examples include:
- to mark a religious observance.
- to attend a specialist medical appointment related to a lifelong medical condition.
- to grieve for, and attend a funeral of an immediate family member.
In all cases where a parent / carer is seeking an exception to be made, Mr Lewis must authorise this. Please complete an “Exceptional Circumstances Form” and return to the school by email or post.
Improvements in Attendance
The Senior Leadership Team may, when appropriate, also provide incentives and rewards specifically targeted to individuals or groups where it is seen fit.