Hornchurch Academy Trust

School Attendance

It is our goal to enable children in our care to increase their life chances by enhancing their knowledge and skills in all areas of the curriculum. In order to learn and make progress, your child needs to attend school every day.

As a school we are accountable for attendance and are therefore required to regularly share reports with the Trust, the local Authority and with parents.

Every child is expected to have at least 95% attendance with our school working towards improving this further with a target of 96%.

Our school is challenged on all attendance issues, particularly when either school or children are at risk of falling below target. In the event your child falls below this threshold, the school will follow the Local Authority procedure. 

If a child does not arrive for school, the school will investigate this until a reason for absence is established. The school aims to complete this process by 9.30 am. In the event school is not able to contact a parent it will exhaust all contact information then, if need be, make further enquiries beyond the contact list.

We understand and acknowledge that children are ill from time to time and may need to visit a medical practitioner or require rest and recovery, however it is required to establish a reason for absence if one is not provided. If your child is ill, please note that it is the parent/carers responsibility to inform the school of the child’s absence in its first instance by 9.15 am.

We are reintroducing rewards and incentives to promote 100% attendance each term as well as by the end of the academic year, in the form of certificates, badges and vouchers.

As part of the ‘Working together to improve attendance,’ we also meet with the School liaison Officer from Kent County Council 3 times a year to provide information inclusive of Persistent absence and severe persistent absence and to discuss actions needed.

This is in line with our 3 weekly and termly attendance sweeps resulting in letters home to keep you informed of your child’s attendance percentage and any necessary actions needed.

The lead people for attendance in our school are:

  • Ms H Kotze – Head of School
  • Mrs C McAllister – Family Support Worker

The Government expects Schools and Local Authorities to:

  • Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;
  • Ensure every pupil has access to full time education to which they are entitled
  • Act early to address patterns of absence
  • Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuing their children on compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly
  • All pupils to be punctual to their lessons

Please see the latest Government guidance on attendance:

Working together to improve school attendance

Attendance guide for parents

Absence Requests

Please click on the links below for more information regarding absence requests during term time.

All absence requests must be completed on the 'request for leave of absence during term time' form. Letters will not be accepted. This should be returned to the school a minimum of 14 days before the start of the absence.

Request for leave of absence during term time

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