Welfare & Attendance

Welfare

Student welfare is managed through our Pastoral System. Each student will have a personal Tutor who acts as the first point of contact in issues relating to student wellbeing. The Tutor will be supported by the Head of Year who will take full responsibility for students in his or her care. A wide range of agencies will be used to provide support and guidance in a variety of student welfare issues. The Learning and Inclusion Department will offer mentoring, counselling, literacy and numeracy support as well as a range of personalised programmes.

There are several trained First Aiders who are on-call for our students care and advice.

Safeguarding policies and practices comply with all national requirements with Mr Lucjan Santos the named Safeguarding Officer. You can view key policies for the Trust here: Key Trust Policies

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Attendance

Parents are expected to comply with all national regulations regarding student attendance and punctuality.

  • Punctuality
    Students must ensure they are in their form room no later than 8.15am. Students will be marked in ‘late’ if they arrive after 8.15am during tutor time and they must go straight to their form room or assembly. If students arrive after 8.45 they must make sure that they report directly to the school Reception in order to be signed in late - they must not go straight to a lesson. Students will automatically receive a 30-minute same-day detention if they arrive late to school (after 8.15am).
  • Daily Absence Reporting:
    If your child is going to be absent from school due to illness, you must email [email protected] or leave a message on the attendance line on each day of absence. It is not necessary to speak to a member of staff. If your child is absent from school for 5 or more days, a doctor’s medical note will be required.
  • Medical Appointments:
    If you know in advance that your child is going to be out of school for a medical appointment, you must email [email protected] or send a letter to the school office with the reason and details before the appointment takes place. Your child must have the letter authorised by a senior member of staff. For your child’s safety, they will not be allowed to leave school without a written note being sent directly to the school office. It is your child's responsibility to report to Reception at the correct time in order to be signed out as reception staff are not able to collect students from class.
  • Absence requests:
    All requests for leave of absence must be made to the school by completing a leave of absence form, These can be obtained by emailing [email protected]. The school is not allowed to grant leave of absence unless under exceptional and documented circumstances. Leave of absence for holidays is no longer permissible under government guidance (November 2013). The school has to warn parents that if you take unauthorised leave of absence then you will be liable to a fixed penalty fine issued on our behalf by the local authority.

Absences must be reported on a daily basis to the school office via email [email protected]

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Financial Help

Help is available for parents on certain benefits. You can get free school meals by registering with your local council. If you have been registered at any point in the last 6 years then you will be eligible for help with the cost of music tuition, trips and other extra curricular activities. Registering also helps the school get more funding. Some councils also provide help with travel costs, music instrument purchase and the cost of school uniforms.

You can find out how to register with local councils in our area here:

or you can contact the school office.

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