Mrs T Penberthy (Attendance Officer)
Email: [email protected]
Ormiston Rivers Academy recognises the importance of attendance in enabling students to achieve their maximum educational potential and to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully. An effective system of communication with students and parents/carers supports good attendance and punctuality; an appropriate system of rewards and incentives recognises the effort students make in achieving this. Ormiston Rivers Academy is committed to working in partnership with families and other agencies in order to achieve the best outcomes for its students.
If your child is going to be absent, you must advise the Academy on EACH day of absence by contacting the school via the following methods:
Parents and carers are asked to explain absences. The Academy will decide whether the absence is acceptable/ authorised or unauthorised. Please use the following information, adapted using guidance from the NHS with specific regards to illnesses and whether children can still attend school:
If your child is ill, it’s likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions. Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. This guidance can help you make that judgement. Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence. Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school. Remember: if you’re concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.
Your child can only receive authorised absence if:
Everyone should aim for 100% attendance. As an ideal, a minimum of 95% should be your attendance goal.
Statistics show that poor attendance affects academic achievement.
90% = 3 weeks and 4 days of learning missed
85% = 5 weeks and 3 days of learning missed
80% = 7 weeks and 3 days of learning missed
(These statistics apply to a full academic year)
In the event of emergency closure due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, a notification will be placed on the Academy website by 7.00 a.m. on the day of closure.
If no notification is given, the Academy will be open as usual.
In the event of emergency closure during the course of the school day due to unforeseen circumstances, parents/carers will be notified by text message and arrangements will be made for students to leave the premises.
All students will be kept on the school site until arrangements have been made for their safe collection or transport home.
Can be downloaded by clicking the document below and should be emailed to [email protected] or handed into reception or student services.