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The Basildon Academies

Attendance & Absence

To report a student absent please phone 01268 552536

Absence Procedure

  • Parents should contact school by 8.30am each day their child is absent – telephone, text or message via the MyEd message.
  • If no reason has been received for a child’s absence, the Academy will initiate first day calling.
  • Parent must provide medical evidence to support all absences due to illness or medical appointments.
  • Wherever possible parents should make appointments outside of school hours but if this is unavoidable students should attend school before and after the appointment.
  • If no appropriate medical evidence is provided then the Academies cannot authorise an absence. (ie. medical appointment card, prescription, Doctor’s letter)

Lateness

  • Students are expected to arrive to school for 8.25am daily.
  • Students arriving late to school will receive a break time detention that day, escalating to a lunch detention if they fail to attend.
  • Persistent lateness will be discussed at an attendance meeting. Parent / Carers are expected to attend.
  • The academy may use the U code (unauthorised absence) for those arriving to school after registers close at 8.45am.

Holidays/Term Time Leave of Application

  • Term time holidays/leave of applications are not a parental right.
  • A holiday form is to be completed for any term time holiday request, along with a covering letter explaining the reason for absence. The Academies’ Holiday form is available to print from our website.
  • Authorisation of any leave of absence during term time would be an exception and would only be granted at the Headteacher’s discretion.
  • The Local Authority decides if legal action is required. If this does happen a penalty notice of £60 to each parent may be issued by the Local Authority as an alternative to prosecution. This rises to £120 if unpaid by 28 days. Failure to pay will lead to prosecution. Parents can be fined up to £2,500 and/or imprisoned for failing to ensure that their child attends school regularly.

Attendance Procedure

  • Parents will be invited into school to attend a School Based Meeting to discuss their child’s attendance if there are unauthorised absences.
  • If further unauthorised absences persist the Academy will make a referral to the Local Authority to see if legal action needs to be initiated.
  • The Local Authority decides if legal action is required. If this does happen a penalty notice of £60 to each parent may be issued by the Local Authority as an alternative to prosecution. This rises to £120 if unpaid by 28 days. Failure to pay will lead to prosecution. Parents can be fined up to £2,500 and/or imprisoned for failing to ensure that their child attends school regularly

**Parents should always keep the Academies informed if/when their contact details change.