At Cedar Mount Academy we believe that regular school attendance is key to enabling students to achieve their full potential. We strive to work with students and their families to ensure excellent attendance and punctuality. Any issue related to absence, attendance or punctuality that you are not sure about, please contact the relevant Attendance Officer, to help us keep the system working efficiently.
Please remember to make contact with the school by 8.45am on the first day of absence if your child is unable to attend due to illness. This should be done by telephoning 0161-359-3165, leaving your name, your child’s name, tutor group and reason for absence. If you know of any planned absence, such as hospital appointments, please give as much notice as possible. We would appreciate all dental and non-urgent doctor appointments being made out of school hours. If a student has an appointment in the morning, they should come to school in the afternoon with the appointment card. If a student has an appointment in the morning they will be given permission to leave as long as they can show an appointment card. Students are also not allowed to be absent from school to translate for the medical appointments of family or friends. Translators should be provided by the hospital or GP surgery.
Please do not take children out of school during term time for holidays. While we appreciate that it can be more expensive to go away in the school holiday periods, losing valuable school time is at the expense of your child’s education. The law states that you do not have the right to take your child out of school for holidays during term time. The Local Education Authority works with schools to reduce the numbers of children missing school because of holidays taken in term time and schools, by law, can no longer authorise a holiday during term time. If you decide to take your child out of school during term time for the purpose of a holiday, then this will be classified as an unauthorised absence.
Students must arrive promptly before school starts. Registration begins at 8.45 am, students arriving after this time will be marked as present but arriving late and will need to report to the student entrance, appropriate sanctions will then take place. Upon arrival after the close of the student entrance, students must immediately report to reception to be marked Present/Late. The absence will only be authorised if a satisfactory explanation for the late arrival can be provided, for example, attendance at a medical appointment. If your child arrives thirty minutes after registers have closed this will be marked as an unauthorised absence, which will affect their attendance and may lead to legal sanctions.
When students incur 5 sessions (2.5 days) of unauthorised absence they will be closely monitored and further absences can result in a fixed penalty from the local authority. Absence will not be authorised unless circumstances are exceptional.
Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 states that if a parent fails to ensure the regular school attendance of their child if he/she is a registered student at a school and is of compulsory school age, then they are guilty of an offence. Where there fails to be an improvement in attendance, the Local Authority will be notified and legal action in the Magistrates’ Court may be taken. The school will provide the Local Authority with evidence required for a prosecution under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 and will appear as a prosecution witness if required by the court. This is to ensure that parents realise their own responsibilities in ensuring attendance at school and most importantly about returning children to education.