Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance at Marriotts School
Marriotts School, like every parent, wants the very best education for every child, for this to lead them as adults into a healthy, happy, and successful life.
- We know that excellent attendance (at least 97%) is key to achieving this. Excellent attendance leads to high achievement.
- Attending school every day means that students can take up every opportunity that Marriotts has to offer in their academic learning and extracurricular activities.
- We expect parents/carers & students to support us in our aim for 100% attendance for each and every student, and we work hard to recognize and reward good attendance.
We have a great Attendance Team who aims to work in partnership between school and home so if need be, we can offer support in order that attendance can subsequently be improved where necessary.
How we work
The monitoring of attendance is supported by our sophisticated tracking system which enables every student to have an understanding of their attendance on a weekly basis. Our attendance diamond is a visual reminder to students of how important it is to keep their attendance and progress as close to 100%.
Every student should aim for 100% attendance and punctuality. Parents do have a legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school. A child’s potential can only be reached if high levels of attendance are maintained.
The attendance and punctuality of students is monitored daily by Form Tutors, Year Leaders, and the Attendance Team. We work closely with the Local Authority who support us if we need to issue a fixed penalty notice for students who are persistently absent from school. The Local Authority is also responsible for pursuing court action if poor attendance continues.
We encourage and reward excellent attendance and punctuality with achievement points which are awarded at the end of each term to students. These achievement points contribute towards whole school rewards, such as end of year trips and non-uniform days. We also have weekly rewards for both students and forms.
If a student’s attendance drops below 95% or has had 5 or more days off in the current and previous term, a sequence of letters are issued as a prompt that attendance is dropping and needs to improve.
If a student’s attendance drops below 90%, they are then described as a ‘Persistent Absentee’. These students are reported to the Local Authority who will consider whether or not to take legal action against the parents or carers.
A Fixed Penalty Notice may be served if 15 sessions of unauthorized absence are reached over a two-term period and no further written warning will be issued before a fine is applied for.
If a fine is applied for and imposed, £60 will be required to be paid within 21 days (escalating to £120 if paid after 21 days and within 28 days.
If the fine remains unpaid then court action may result.
If the student’s attendance does not significantly improve, then court action may result.
Most students attend school regularly and punctually. Regular attendance at school will avoid any legal action being taken. ATTEND TO ATTAIN.