Attendance Matters – Being Here

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This weeks theme for assembly is “Attendance Matters –Being There” Students were told about the importance of being at school. Last year students at Collegiate had the highest attendance in Blackpool so the bar is set high for students this year.

Attendance Facts

  • Children with less then 85% attendance at school are unlikely to gain 5 A-C GCSEs or any qualifications.
  • Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.
  • Pupils only attend school for 190 days per academic year (this means that for the other 175 days they are at home with you!)

Your child’s education is your child’s future.  Don’t let them waste it – If you need any support with attendance please contact us on 01253 300460 or 07854174834

 

Attendance and the law

Penalty notices
As an alternative to prosecution, authorised local authority staff, police officers and headteachers can issue penalty notices to parents of children who are not attending school regularly. The penalty is £50, rising to £100 if not paid within 28 days. If you fail to pay a penalty fine, you will be prosecuted.

Taking you to court
The local authority may prosecute you (they don’t have to issue a penalty notice first) and this could result in a more severe penalty.

You could get a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or, in extreme cases, a jail sentence of up to three months. If the court thinks it will help to stop your child missing school, it may also impose a Parenting Order.

Parenting Order
A Parenting Order is a court order which requires you to attend parenting education or support classes. You will also have to do whatever the court says is necessary to improve your child’s behaviour and attendance at school.

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