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 Mellor 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 Mellor should be informed of all absences before the start of each 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..

The Attendance Link Worker 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.

'We have had some instances especially over the past week where illness has been quite high, where students on Dove have contacted parents/carers via text requesting them to collect them from the Academy. Students have not followed the correct protocols by visiting the nurse or if the nurse is unavailable then to come to the Year Offices. 

If a student is unwell then they need to ask their class teacher to allow them a pass to the nurse who can then advise whether the student needs to go home. Under NO circumstances should students be making this communication themselves.

Attendance  2021

Click below to see the Attendance Policy:


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