Attendance

Maintaining excellent records of attendance plays a major part in giving children the best chance of academic success.

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 9 arrive for 8.35am

Year 10 and 11 arrive for 8.40am

Any students arriving after their set time should sign in at reception for safeguarding reasons.

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