Attendance & Punctuality
We take great pride in the excellent attendance rates at The Halifax Academy because we know that good attendance is a significant factor in pupils achieving well. For example, every week in the Primary Phase we celebrate good attendance and punctuality with our Attendance Trophy. In addition to this, individual children are recognised each term for 100% attendance and also for improved attendance or punctuality.
Full and regular school attendance is very important. Our monitoring shows, not surprisingly, that generally those pupils with high rates of absence do not make as much progress as those with low levels. Therefore it is extremely important that parents avoid taking children out of school during term time unless he/she is ill.
Parents are expected to notify the academy of a student absence. In the case of an illness, parents should phone the academy on the first day of absence and then each day thereafter. After third day absence medical evidence will need to be provided.
If a pupil has had a stomach bug they should not come back into school for 24 hours from the last bout of sickness/ diarrhoea. These bugs can spread very quickly to other children and staff.
For our pupils to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they not only attend school regularly, but are also punctual. Pupils are required to arrive on time, in correct uniform and with the correct equipment, ready to work hard, for every lesson.
Any pupil’s absence or late arrival disrupts teaching routines and may affect the learning of others in the same class; every pupil should have access to the full time education to which they are entitled.
Good time keeping is a vital life skill which will help our children as they progress through their school life and out into the wider world.