It is an expectation that all children will attend the Primary Academy every day and on time. Accordingly, 100% Attendance will be recognised and rewarded but attendance above 98.5% is deemed to be outstanding attendance, as we do recognise that sometimes children are genuinely unwell.
Absence Due To Illness
If a child is ill and is not able to attend then Parents/Carers must inform Mrs Sussex, the Primary Receptionist, as soon as possible, preferably by telephone (01752 213941) on the same day. If Marine Academy Primary is not informed of a child’s absence then the Parents/Carers will receive a telephone call. A written note is required in order to record reasons for absence. Marine Academy Primary is then able to record a child’s absence as ‘authorised’. If Marine Academy Primary is not given a reason for absence then the absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ and counts as truancy. Emailing the Academy is not an acceptable way of informing them that your child is unwell.
If a child is persistently absent without a valid reason this will be formally followed up by Marine Academy Primary. Parents/Carers will be contacted and if necessary asked to attend a meeting with the a member of the Primary Leadership Team. Persistent lack of attendance will be followed up by Marine Academy Primary attendance procedures, including contact with the Education Welfare Officer, and in extreme cases legal action may be taken.
Special Circumstances for Absence During Term-Time
Holidays taken during term-time are actively discouraged by the DfE and schools are unable to condone absence due to family holidays. In exceptional circumstances the Headteacher can agree to an absence, for example religious observance days taken during term-time. Any request for special absence must be put in writing to the Headteacher through the completion of the Holiday Request Form, which a member of the Primary Admin Team can provide you with. Any absence beyond an agreed time with Marine Academy Primary will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ and will be reported and formally followed up.
The Headteacher must unauthorise all holiday requests that do not meet the Exceptional Circumstances criteria, which can be found on the back of the ‘Holiday Request Form’.
Promoting good attendance by responding to and meeting the needs of the whole school community is central to the securing of good pupil outcomes.
For more information please see our Attendance Policy
Also, see our Guide to Exceptional Circumstances