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:
- Make the best progress in their subjects.
- Develop good habits for work and wider life.
- Secure a place at a suitable post 16 provider.
- 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 reception before 8.30am and provide a reason.
- If we do not receive communication, you will receive a phone call home from pupil services to ascertain the reason for absence.
- A home visit may be made depending on the student’s attendance record and the nature of the absence.
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 will transfer any cases of persistently poor attendance for possible prosecution in either the Family or Magistrates court.
Rewarding Great Attendance
Maintaining an attendance record of 100% is a brilliant achievement and one that we are delighted to reward and celebrate.
Termly awards are given for 100% attendance – each name is placed into a raffle to be rewarded at the end of the term. Attendance contributes to the termly points total, if pupils are not in school they cannot earn the points!
We also celebrate students who have shown excellent resilience and improvement in their attendance.
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, the headteacher must authorise this. Please complete an “Exceptional Circumstances Form” and return to the school by email or post.