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Attendances & Absences

Attendance

At Ossett Academy we believe that every day counts in students’ education. Regular attendance is essential for young people to achieve their maximum potential.

Students should attend the Academy each day and on time (the Academy day starts at 8.35am) in order to ensure that they have a regular routine to support their learning. This focus also prepares students for the world of work, where attendance and punctuality are crucial.

Good attendance and punctuality are part of the regular discussions between form tutors and students and they play a significant role in our Rewards system. Good attendance and punctuality are rewarded through the allocation of positive points which go towards the student’s cumulative total. Students are then eligible for prizes  through the Attendance Weekly Lottery draw.

Signing in/out Procedure

For Health and Safety reasons all students who need to leave school during the day need to sign-out in reception. Students will need to have a letter from parents/carers, which has also been signed by a member of teaching or pastoral staff – students must ensure they sign back in on their return.

If students arrive late for School for any reason (even if authorised / pre-agreed) the student must sign in the Late Book situated within the Attendance office behind the Medical Room

Absence Procedure

Inform the school on the first day of your child’s absence and when your child returns to school, either provide a letter explaining their absence, or complete a section on Page 5 of the student planner completing all the necessary information.

Truancy Call System

Ossett Academy uses an automated absence notification system called RS Connect Ed.

This system uses a text messaging or mobile app message to advise Parents/Carers if students are absent from school without notice. The mobile app can be downloaded free of charge and parents can see all information about their child which is extracted from SIMS.

The system sends out a message to parents during the course of the morning who can then reply by text message, app message or voice message whichever is appropriate.

This messaging system is NOT an alternative to parents advising the school that their child will be absent. All parents/carers are still required to inform the school of student absences on the first day by either using the app or ringing the absence line.

Holidays

Parents should ensure that they do not take their children out of school on holiday during term time. If this is unavoidable then a “special leave of absence agreement” must be obtained in advance from the school – please see our Holidays Page for full information

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