At Charter Academy, we have high expectations for the attendance of the children on roll. This is because we recognise that all absence is potentially detrimental to a child’s education and experience of primary school.  At Charter Academy, good attendance is 96% and above. 

Missing school can damage children’s achievements, they will miss out on the opportunities provided by school, which in return may impact on their chances in life. 

In order for children to gain maximum benefit from their time at school and to maximise their future life opportunities, it is imperative that the children attend every day and on time.  

The school asks parents to support these high expectations by: 

  • To encourage their child to attend school every day, on time unless prevented from doing so by illness or attendance at a medical appointment.
  • To contact the school on the first day of absence.
  • Where medical absences persist beyond day 1 of illness, keep in regular contact with the school.
  • To arrange medical appointments outside school hours. If unavoidable, informing the school in advance of medical appointments in school time. For the absence to be recorded as a medical absence we do require evidence from the doctor or dentist. (Appointment card/letter). Your child should miss the minimum amount of school time necessary. If your child is well enough to go back to school following the appointment they should do so.
  • Being aware that Head Teachers by law may not grant leave of absence requests unless the reasons for your request are exceptional. Should you have an exceptional circumstance, you should complete an application form available on request. Applications should be made well in advance of any proposed leave of absence. Any unauthorised leave may result in a Penalty Fixed Notice Fine.