Attendance is improving against national averages. The school works very hard to ensure families who are having difficulties with attendance are supported.
Attendance is promoted within school through weekly individual and class awards; termly 100% attendance, improved attendance and great attendance awards. Pupils with 100% attendance for the term also have the chance to win £100 worth of vouchers.
* For further information see Attendance Policy & Procedures
If your child is unable to attend school because of illness, please call the school as soon as possible so we may mark the daily register. If we have not received notification school will try to contact parents during the morning of the first absence, if we are unable to contact parents or no legitimate reason for absence is provided an unauthorised absence mark will be given and parents may receive a home visit for the schools Attendance Officer. If no reason for absence has been provided by the fifth day a referral will be made to the Local Authority Education Welfare Service.
Pupils with less than 94% attendance will be tracked by the school and may receive a home visit for the schools Attendance Officer or an invitation to attend a meeting at the school to explore if the school is able to offer support to improve attendance.
* Live attendance information for your child/ren is available on request
PLANNED MEDICAL ABSENCE
If you know that your child or children are going to be absent from school on a particular day or week please get in touch with Miss Unsworth through LUNSWORTH@rydal.swiftacademies.org.uk so that she can work with the class teachers to ensure that the relevant week’s planning is sent to you. This will give you the opportunity to work with your child or children on the learning that they will have missed.
If you are going to be travelling for a period of time please contact the Traveller Education and Achievement Service through TEAS@rydal.swiftacademies.org.uk so that a relevant work pack can be provided.
Term-time holidays will not be authorised in any circumstances. Should pupils miss time at school due to holidays any absence will be recorded as unauthorised and may lead to a Penalty Notice from the Local Authority Education Welfare Service.
STAFF TRAINING AND ABSENCE
Every member of staff takes part in training throughout the year. When this happens, or when somebody is absent through ill health we endeavour to use internal staff cover or supply teachers from a known and reputable company.
All staff involved in cover have completed the necessary police safety checks.