Students are expected to establish good habits of punctuality and attendance as soon as they join the school. Students should always be in school by 8.45 am to enable them to get organised for their lessons. A class register is taken at 8.50 am each day. Any student who is not present when the register is called is marked absent. If a student is late for registration, she must see Ms Rob, the Attendance Officer in Room G27 and sign the late book. There is a sanction system in place in order to deter students from being late.
Procedures for Absence
At Plashet we recognise that good attendance is intrinsically linked with achievement. Parents/Carers are encouraged to ensure that their daughters attend school regularly, unless they are unwell. On the first day of sickness Parents/Carers are required to telephone the Attendance Officer to report the reason for absence. On their return to school all students are required to bring a letter of explanation, which in most cases will authorise the absence.
If a student has a medical appointment during the school day, she is required to show her Form Tutor and Class Teacher the appointment card and a letter from home. The appointment card has to be signed by the student’s Form Tutor before she may sign out of school, via the Attendance Officer. Upon returning to school, the student must report to the Attendance Officer and sign back in.
Procedures for Lateness
Punctuality is considered to be very important. Students are expected to be in their classroom by 8.50 each morning. As the school is large, students need to be on site by 8.45am to ensure that they are punctual. Punctuality to all lessons is also insisted upon. Students who are not punctual are sanctioned with a fifteen minute detention at lunch.
The School has a dedicated Attendance Officer who works very closely with the Safeguarding and Education Welfare Officer (EWO) and the Coaching & Mentoring Department. Together they work towards inclusion for all students to have an opportunity to all aspects of education. Plashet has an electronic register system that enables the Attendance Officer to pick up on any lateness quickly. This is then relayed to Year Co-ordinators and Parents. The School has an attendance rate of over 95% each year. Absences are dealt with on a daily basis with the Attendance Officer making first day absence phone calling a priority.
In cases where there is a serious concern regarding attendance the Attendance officer, Safeguarding Officer or Year Co-ordinator may visit the home to offer assistance and see if there is a way in which we can support the family.
The Head Teacher may also request that the Local Authority commence court proceedings which can result in a fixed penalty fine or more extreme sentences.
The Department for Education do not permit holidays being taken in school time as it affects student achievement. The school and the Local Authority (LA) discourage holidays being taken in school time as it affects student achievement. Parents should be aware that the local authority operates a penalty notice system in relation to term-time absence. Students will be taken off roll if they are absent for more than fifteen school days and parents will need to re-apply to the Education Office for a Secondary School place in the Borough.