Elements Academy is focused on preventing persistent absence. There is a direct link between persistent absence from school, poor attainment and ‘not in employment, education or training’ (NEET) status. Good attendance at school is the single most important factor to ensure that pupils have the maximum life chances – attendance is strongly linked to educational achievement.
Promoting positive school attendance is everyone’s responsibility. Pupils who miss school risk failing to achieve what they are capable of. Figures have shown that 90% of persistent, poor or non-attenders fail to achieve five or more good grades at GCSE, and approximately one-third achieve no GCSEs at all.
If your child cannot attend school, it is the parent/carer’s responsibility to contact the school reception on 01909 212231 on the FIRST day of absence. This should take place prior to 8:00am via the attendance line. If your child has a taxi to school, it is important that we have enough time to contact the taxi company if your child is not attending school. Please do not contact the taxi company or driver directly.
Elements Academy has clear policies and procedures in place to ensure pupils attend regularly, and staff will be in contact with parents during any periods of absence. We aim to support parents/carers and work with all agencies to ensure any barriers to attendance are considered. We promote positive relationships with parents/carers so that we can effectively work together.