Balby Carr believes that achieving a high level of attendance is directly linked to the achievement, life chances and employment prospects of our young people. Parents, staff and students all have a responsibility to ensure students maintain excellent attendance standards and therefore succeed in achieving their goals.
When your child attends school on a regular basis, they take an important step towards reaching their full potential and have the greatest opportunity to learn and develop. Time spent at school also enhances their social skills and ability to make friends, boosting their confidence and self esteem.
A student’s chances of a successful future can be affected by not attending school regularly. The link between persistent absence and poor educational attainment is well known. Those who do not attend regularly struggle to keep up with their school work, this poster illustrates that link.
Over recent years, we have become concerned by the amount of school time that some students miss as a result of holidays and the impact this absence has on their learning. Following advice from the Local Authority we will not authorise any holidays in term time. It is important to note, should leave of absence not be granted this may result in a referral to the Local Authority, which could lead to legal action. If you feel there are extenuating circumstances requiring a leave of absence these should be completed on a Leave of Absence Form, obtained from Reception to be reviewed by the Senior Leader for Attendance.
Helping your child establish good habits from an early age can help them through their school career and into adult and working life. Good punctuality is vital and we expect all of our students to be on time for the start of every school day and every lesson. School begins at 8:30am, all students should be in their Aspire lesson by this time.
Arriving late for school can severely affect achievement. Five minutes late each day = three days lost over the year. This poster illustrates the link.
We expect all students to be on site ready to be in Aspire time at 8:30am am each morning. We have sanctions in place for students who arrive late and will work hard with students and their families to overcome poor punctuality.
We believe that maintaining a high level of attendance and punctuality at Balby Carr is vitally important and we will work closely with families to accomplish our attendance targets of 97% and above.
Good attendance is celebrated and awards are given each term for those students with 100% attendance.
To continue our close links with home we would ask that if your child cannot come into school for any reason, you telephone school to let us know. If we have not been informed we will contact parents on the first day of absence.
If your child is having problems with attendance, please contact their Head of Year. You can also contact the Attendance Officer, Dawn Taylor, directly on 01302 312140, Extension 1. We welcome your communication so we can work together to overcome problems.