Attendance at The de Ferrers Academy.
The Academy’s Attendance Team is made up of a Key Stage Clerical Assistant, an Attendance Link Worker and an Attendance Co-ordinator and as a Team our main role is to encourage and promote excellent attendance amongst each and every student.
Mrs Shardlow and Mrs Prescott are key to ensuring your child is present at the Academy and safe. Their role is to closely monitor hourly register marks, identify any inconsistencies in present or absent marks and act upon these promptly.
Both Mrs Shardlow and Mrs Prescott should be informed of all absences before the start of the Academy day. Any absences that are not accounted for are followed up with a text message or a personal telephone call.
Please see the link opposite regarding reporting absences to the Academy and please note that if an absence is not explained by either a letter or telephone call within five days, then the absence will be unauthorised.
Attendance Link Worker
The Attendance Link Worker works closely with a small number of students whose attendance has been highlighted as a concern. This support may include parental meetings, home visits, telephone consultations or signposting. Mrs Rowlands covers both Key Stage 3 and 4.
Mrs Rowlands is also responsible for processing all requests for leave and liaises regularly with the Local Authority. The new Staffordshire County Council code of conduct in relation to leave requests is accessible by following the ‘Leave request’ link opposite.
Please be aware that it is the Local Authority that issues Fixed Penalty Notices and not the Academy.
The Attendance Co-Ordinator facilitates fortnightly team meetings to enable the team the opportunity to discuss any student whose attendance is below our expectations. During these meetings it is agreed how the Academy can best support these students in improving their attendance.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s attendance at the Academy then please contact any member of the Attendance Team on either 01283 239961 or 01283 239936 and we will be more than happy to discuss these concerns with you.