Attendance

Punctuality

School begins at 8.45am and all pupils are expected to be in school for registration at this time. Any child arriving after 8.50am will have a late mark (L) recorded on the register. Children arriving after 9.20am will have an unauthorised late mark (U) recorded. We ask Parents/Carer to accompany late children to the office where a reason for lateness and the number of minutes late, will be recorded on to their child’s attendance file.

If you are experiencing difficulties in getting your child to school please talk to your child’s Class Teacher.

*Pupils who are consistently late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of others. Where persistent lateness gives cause for concern further action will be taken.

Holiday Requests

The Education Act 1996 makes it a criminal offence for a parent to “fail to secure their child’s regular attendance at the school”. As a result, if a holiday request is made, unless there are exceptional circumstances, the request will not be approved and the child’s absence will be marked as “unauthorised”.

Any Parents intending on taking their child out of school for a family holiday in term time will need to write a letter to the Principal outlining their reasons and the dates of absence.

In light of the High Court ruling on Friday 13th May re fining/prosecuting parents for taking children on holiday during term time, interim arrangements are in place.The Council is reviewing its practice with regards to the issuing of Penalty Notices for term time holiday absence as a matter of priority and is seeking urgent guidance from the DfE. The Council is also taking urgent legal advice on the implications of the ruling.

*Research shows that children taken out of school may never catch up on work they have missed and that absences can affect a child’s test results and their progress at school.

Medical Appointments

Please try to make any medical appointments outside of school hours. If this is unavoidable then we do ask for your child to attend the morning or afternoon session in school before or after the appointment. Medical appointments will only be authorised if you are able to provide a letter from the hospital/clinic or doctors (appointment card) showing the appointment details.

Reporting Absences

If your child is medically unfit to attend school we ask Parents/Carers to inform the school by 9am on the first day of absence and everyday thereafter. The School’s telephone number is 01270 685666, alternatively you can text the reason for absence to 01270260103. Please note we do not accept messages from siblings in school.

* Absences with no reasons will be chased up by a phone call, text or home visit by our Deputy Principal, Mrs Griffiths.

Every Minute Counts Attendance Campaign

As you may already know, schools across Crewe have joined forces for a special campaign which encourages children to get to school on time. ‘Every minute Counts’ launched last year by Crewe Partnership, also aims to build on the town’s steadily improving attendance figures over recent years.

Throughout the year Wistaston Academy, will be participating in a variety of new and exciting attendance projects alongside the other primary and secondary schools in Crewe.

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Wistaston Academy

Moreton Road
Crewe
Cheshire
CW2 8QS

Company registration number: 08882544
Place of Registration: England

Main Contact: Principal - Ms Linda Davis

Tel: 01270 685666
Fax: 01270 650571
admin@wistastonacademytrust.co.uk

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