ATTENDANCE

Dartington is committed to providing a full and efficient educational experience to all pupils.   Children attending every day, and on time is key to steady pupil progress and enjoyment of learning, and for this reason the school is dedicated to ensuring maximum attendance for all pupils.

We encourage all pupils to work towards 100% attendance and set a minimum attendance target of 98% per year.

We encourage regular attendance by:

  • Providing a caring and welcoming learning environment
  • Learning that is fun so that children will not want to miss it.
  • Responding promptly to a child’s or parent’s concerns about the academy or other pupils.
  • Marking registers accurately and punctually during morning and afternoon registration.
  • Publishing and displaying attendance statistics.
  • Celebrating good and improved attendance.
  • Monitoring pupils, informing parents/carers in writing of irregular attendance, arranging meetings with them if necessary.

We expect that you will:

  • ALWAYS encourage regular school attendance and be aware of your legal responsibilities.
  • ALWAYS ensure that your child arrives at the school punctually and fully prepared for the academy day.
  • Ensure that you contact the school whenever your child is unwell and unable to attend the school.
  • Contact the school by 9.15am on the first day of your child’s absence and telephone every day thereafter unless your child has a doctor’s certificate.
  • Contact us promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep your child away from the school.

Failure to attend school

“Failure to attend school regularly can have a major impact on young people’s education, their future and their life chances.”

We have a comprehensive Attendance and Absence Policy. Absences are strongly discouraged. The policy is available on request at the school office or you can download it from the Policies section.

Penalty notices may be used as a deterrent to prevent a pattern of unauthorised absences developing.