ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY MATTERS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS
At Holyrood Academy we try our very best to ensure that every student is successful. It is well known that attainment is linked with attendance and all statistics show that students who attend the academy regularly not only enjoy academy life to the full but attain high grades. At Holyrood we work to support both students and parents if attendance becomes a problem.
Parents are legally responsible for the good attendance of their child and the Authority will take appropriate legal action in response to cases of poor attendance. This may include:-
- Police Action
- Fixed Penalty Notice (£50.00 fine)
- Court Action.
Lateness can become a problem, as vital information with regards to school work is usually given out at the beginning of lessons. Students arriving late can miss this which may have a negative effect on attainment. We do understand that sometimes lateness is unavoidable, particularly in the instance of the bus being late and we would make allowances for these cases.
We do have a legal obligation to close the register after the first 20 minutes of morning and afternoon sessions. If your child is late by less than 20 minutes they will be given a late mark. If lateness becomes an issue further action will be taken.
If your child is more than 20 minutes late for morning or afternoon sessions he/she will legally be considered as absent for that morning or afternoon session. Regular lateness of more than 20 minutes may therefore result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued by the Authority and/or further legal action.
Authorised leave of absence to take family holidays can only be granted by the Academy in exceptional circumstances.