Maintaining an excellent record of attendance at school has a positive, major impact on your child’s academic progress.

Every student in Sandymoor Ormiston Academy has a minimum attendance target of 96%.

  • Parents/carers should ensure their children attend school every day and arrive on time.
  • To report an absence call 01928 571217 before 8:30am each day.
  • Ensure you provide a note on the first day that your child returns to school for their form tutor.
  • If your child is absent for 10% of the academic year we will refer to the Education Welfare Service.
  • Parents/carers are legally responsible for ensuring regular attendance to school. Failing to do so is an offence under the Education Act (1996) which may result in penalty notices and/or fines of up to £2500 or, in extreme cases, even a prison sentence.

We are unable to authorise any holidays in term time except in the most extreme, exceptional circumstances. In such circumstances, a written application must be made to the Principal at least one month prior to the expected date of the holiday.

Currently, there is a staggered set of start times due to year group bubbles:

Year 7 and 8 arrive for 8.30am - Year 7 through main gate and year 8 through the sports hall fire exit

Year 9 and 10 arrive for 8.40am - Year 9 through front reception and year 10 through the main gate

Any students arriving late should sign in at reception.

Persistent lateness may lead to discussions with the Education Welfare Officer in order to address the concerns and, if punctuality does not improve, a penalty notice may be issued.