Punctuality

Alarm ClockIt is vital students arrive at school on time every morning to begin their lessons at 08:50.
Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning.

If a student is:
  • Arriving 5 minutes late every day, adds up to 3 whole days lost each year.
  • Arriving 15 minutes late every day, adds up 2 weeks of lost learning.
  • Arriving 30 minutes late every day, adds up to 19 days absence over a year.

As you can imagine, this missed learning will have a severe impact on the progress your child will make. Please support us by helping your child to get organised and arrive punctually every day. Detentions will be set after school for repeated late arrival at school.

At Belvidere we expect parents and carers to support us in ensuring that students have excellent attendance. We know that excellent attendance has an impact on progress and examination success and is also a positive habit for young people to develop in preparation for their working lives. We expect all students to strive for 100% attendance and our attendance officer will be in touch if your child’s attendance is falling below 95%.

Excellent Attendance Counts

If the attendance of a student falls below 90% this means that they miss:

  • ½ a day per week
  • 4 weeks per year
  • ½ a year over their 5 year school career

N.B-Two weeks holiday in term time = 50 lost lessons


IN TO LEARN

We help students to be aware of their own attendance with IN TO LEARN tracking in tutor time and we celebrate excellent attendance with certificates and other rewards throughout the year. Our IN TO LEARN initiative involves students tracking their own attendance weekly in tutor time so that they really understand the impact of missing days of school.

GOLD
  • Your attendance is 100%
  • You get IN TO LEARN every day
SILVER
  • Your attendance is between 98% and 100%
  • You are absent less than 4 days in the school year
BRONZE
  • Your attendance is between 95% and 98%
  • You are absent less than 10 days in the school year
PURPLE
  • Your attendance is between 90% and 95%
  • You are missing up to 20 days of the school year; that’s 4 WEEKS of absence!
BLUE
  • Your attendance is between 85% and 90%
  • You are missing up to 30 days of the school year; that’s 6 WEEKS of absence!
GET IN TO LEARN!
  • Your attendance is below 85%
  • You need to take action and get IN TO LEARN now!

 

What to do if your child is absent 

We understand that there are occasions when attendance may not be possible due to illness or a medical condition and ask that parents/carers follow the school absence procedure and keep us informed of reasons for absence.

Please support our attendance policy by not taking your children out of school for holidays during term time. Any holiday which is taken during school time will be unauthorised.

Give your child the best chance of success; get them IN TO LEARN every day!

 absence pic

Procedure for reporting absence

If your child is unwell, or unable to attend for any other reason (medical or dental appointment, etc.), please telephone the school on 01743 235073 (24h answerphone) before 9.30 on the first day of absence

1. LEAVE A MESSAGE BY CHOOSING OPTION 1 (Reporting a student absence)
2. GIVE YOUR NAME AND YOUR CHILD’S NAME, FORM AND REASON FOR THEIR ABSENCE.
3. IF YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABSENT FOR A FEW DAYS PLEASE GIVE THE DATE YOU EXPECT THEM TO RETURN TO SCHOOL
4. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN YOUR CHILD WILL RETURN IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU RING AGAIN EACH MORNING BEFORE 9:30.
5. IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE A MESSAGE EXPLAINING YOUR CHILD’S ABSENCE BY 9.30AM YOU WILL RECEIVE AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL
                             

PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO INFORM THE SCHOOL

THESE PROCEDURES ARE IN PLACE TO SAFEGUARD YOUR CHILD

Further Information and Downloads

Holidays in term time – Shropshire Council

Leave of absence form

Belvidere Attendance policy

Helpful Attendance Reminders