Attendance and punctuality

Our attendance is excellent – 96.7% (2017/2018).  This is almost unheard of in Sixth Forms and is a true reflection of the commitment of our students

Excellent attendance and punctuality is the key to success at Sixth Form.  Holidays must be taken out of academy term time; taking holidays during term time can jeopardise a student’s place within Sixth Form. Punctuality is also crucial and forms a key component of the student/PPT agreement.  Sanctions are used for persistent lateness and unauthorised attendance concerns, which can result in places in Sixth Form being withdrawn completely.

The hardest things in life are often the most significant and rewarding

We expect students to attend Sixth Form daily, from 8.15am until 14.20pm.  We also expect students to attend Achieve Sessions as required and be in Sixth Form for a full working day.  Part of our culture relies on the fact that whilst in the building, staff and students should work hard not only in the pursuit of academic success but also in the pursuit of personal development.

Teachers, tutors and PPTs, have an important part to play in promoting attendance and doing everything they can to maintain a good record amongst students.  A phone call to the academy explaining any student absence is essential and should be made before 7.30am via a parent/carer.  An email to the PPT and form tutor would also be beneficial.  Religious holidays will be authorised but will count towards attendance figures. Each student signs a contract during induction day which stipulates various agreements between the academy and the student; one of these stipulations is that students will attend the academy as much as possible, and will seek authorisation for any absences via a parental phone call.

The hardest things in life are often the most significant and rewarding and we see the Sixth Form journey as something big and something to be very proud of.  It is the stepping stone to success and happiness in the future and when we commit to the journey, we commit to it fully.  Our attendance target is 97% and has led the academy for the past two years.