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Attendance Officer: Mrs. D Johnson
Asst Attendance Officer: Mrs. L Facey
Post 16: Mrs A. Buckley
Absence Line Contact Number:
There may be times when your child has to miss school. If your child is ill, contact the school on each day of your child's illness stating their name, tutor group and full details of their absence. Stating a child is "sick, unwell or poorly" is not accepted as we need the full reason to provide to the local authority. You will be contacted by the Attendance Office if your child is absent from school without notice.
To advise your child will be absent from school or late, please contact us by 8.30am in one of the following ways:
- by telephone - 01702 509000 (option 1)
- for Post 16 students please dial for extension 305
All our school policies can be found here
Academy procedures for addressing poor attendance:
We will address poor attendance of a student in the following ways:
If a student's attendance drops below 95% a letter will be sent to you confirming your child's attendance and advising of the need for the attendance to improve.
If no improvement is recorded then the following intervention stages are triggered:
When a student's attendance falls below 93%, a letter will be sent to you advising you that future absences will be subject to providing medical evidence to support the absence.
If the attendance continues to fall below 90% (Persistent Absence Threshold) you will be contacted to attend a meeting in school with the Attendance Officer and the Local Authority Educational Welfare Officer (EWO). A plan/set of strategies will be put in place to encourage good attendance as a supportive measure.
If there is still no improvement then it may be necessary for the school to refer the case to the Education Welfare Service who may conduct home visits. If attendance still does not improve then you will be invited to attend a Review Panel meeting. At this meeting, a final warning letter will be given with a view to issuing you with a Fixed Penalty Notice if the attendance continues to cause concern.
Attendance at Post 16 is calculated on attendance to timetabled lessons. Please speak to Mrs Buckley if you have any queries.
The threshold for Persistent Absence- as defined by the DfE - is 90% attendance.
The chart below shows how many sessions/days absent a child needs to accrue to have 90% attendance in school time:
PA = 90% Sessions per term
PA=90% Days per term
Term 1 - Sept to Oct
3.5 days absence
Term 2 - Nov to Dec
7 days absence
Term 3 - Jan to Feb
10 days absence
Term 4 - Feb to April
12.5 days absence
Term 5 - May to June
15.5 days absence
Term 6 - June to July
19 days absence
Education Welfare Service:
Education Welfare Service Involvement - to include Fixed Penalty Notices, School Action Meetings
- Should the Education Welfare Service choose to hold a School Action Meeting, Parents/Carer's will be invited to attend a meeting at the academy to discuss their child's attendance and why the plan or strategies put in place have been unsuccessful. At this point the Educational Welfare Officer may choose to put in place their own plan and/or monitor for an agreed period of time.
- Should further absences accrue or no progress is made at any time during the monitoring period, the Educational Welfare Officer may decide to issue a Fixed a penalty Notice of £60 as an alternative to prosecution. This rises to £120 if unpaid after 21 days. Failure to pay will lead to prosecution. Parents/Carers can be fined up to £2500 and/or imprisoned for failing to ensure that their child attends school regularly.
- The Educational Welfare Service could instigate Legal Proceedings or apply for an Education Supervision Order to be placed on the Child and parent/career as an alternative to a Fixed Penalty Notice.
At times it is necessary for us to request medical evidence from parents to allow us to authorise their children's absence from school. Please see below a guide to what is accepted as Medical Evidence:
- GP/Dental appointment card with date of appointment attended.
- Medical Appointment letter.
- Empty prescribed medication packet with dispensing label attached.
- Copy of prescription.
- White return page of prescription ie; repeat prescription request.
- Medical letter* from GP or medical professional advising student is unfit to attend school.
- Medical Certificate*.
- Compliment slip* from a Nurse at student's medical practice confirming they are unfit to attend school.
*Medical Certificates from online GP services will not be accepted. Certificates must be produced from your local GP that you are registered with. They must have physically seen your child and deemed them unfit for school.
Please note that it is the Parent's/Carer's responsibility to provide the medical evidence when requested by the school.
The school will not request or chase up medical evidence from GP's/Consultants/Dentists etc.
Medical appointments - We ask that medical appointments such as Dental, Doctor, Orthodontist and Hospital appointments should be outside of school hours. Should this not be possible, we expect the students to attend school beforehand and to return to school once the appointment has concluded.
Holiday Request or Exceptional Circumstances:
Pupils are expected to attend every session available to them throughout the school year.
Under section 7 of the education Act 1996, there is no entitlement for you to take your child on holiday during term time. You may be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without consent of the Academy.
Should parents wish to make an application for a child's absence, they should complete an Absence Request Form, available from the Academy reception. This form asks parents to explain the reason for the intended absence and details of the exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances are defined as "rare, significant, unavoidable and short". The Principal will consider the circumstances for absence and confirm in writing whether the absence will be marked authorised or unauthorised on the student's attendance record. Each request will be judged on a case by case basis. If an event can be reasonably scheduled outside of term-time then it would not be normal to authorise absence for such an event - holidays are therefore not considered 'exceptional circumstances'.
Should the absence be unauthorised and you choose to take the unauthorised leave from the school, then the case may be referred to the Education Welfare Service (EWS). They may choose to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to you.
A £60 penalty notice may be issued by the EWS to each parent or carer for each child, to be paid within 21 days. If this is not paid within the 21-day period, it will increase to £120. If this is not paid within 28 days, parents or carer's will be prosecuted in the magistrates' court for failing to ensure their children attend school regularly. This could result in each parent or carer receiving a fine of up to £2,500 and / or three months imprisonment for failing to ensure your child regularly attends school.
Holidays that are either taken in the first 2 weeks of September or carry over from the summer break into the returning first week of term, will be referred to the Local Authority. They may decide to issue a Penalty Notice to parents/carers of that child.
What happens if my child is late for school?
Should your child arrive to school after 8.40am then they will receive a "late" mark on their attendance record for morning registration. An accumulation of 2 late marks in the period of a week (Thursday to Thursday) will result in a 75 minute Friday detention with Mr Stalham.
Should your son or daughter's punctuality not improve over a period of time, your child will be placed on a Punctuality Report and a meeting with parents will be scheduled.
If your child arrives after 10am they will be marked with a "U" code showing that they arrived after the start of the first lesson. The "U" code is an unauthorised absence code and will be used unless sufficient evidence is received regarding the absence i.e. medical evidence. This code will affect your child's overall attendance percentage. Students will however be marked in for each individual lessons they attend for fire regulation purposes.
Sending work home:
Sending work home when my child is absent from school
It is extremely important that you communicate with the Academy should your child be absent from school for a defined period of time. Once the circumstances for the absence have been discussed, we will inform your child's college office and ensure work is sent home for completion where appropriate.
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Find out more about our strategies for inducting new students beginning year 7.
Code of Behaviour
Classroom Code of Conduct
Classrooms, laboratories, technology areas and sports facilities are your place of work. In any workplace there needs to be clearly defined codes of practice and expectations to enable everyone to work in a safe and pleasant environment. It would therefore be helpful if everyone followed the same codes of practice:
1. At the start of the lesson
- Arrive punctually and wait sensibly.
- Enter the classroom quietly on the signal of the teacher.
- Take out books, pens and equipment and put bags away.
- Remain quiet while the register is being taken.
- Expect teachers to enforce the rules, which apply to uniform and jewellery.
2. During the lesson
- Listen when the teacher is giving out information or instructions.
- Raise your hand to ask or answer questions.
- Work sensibly with those around you. Annoying or distracting others is detrimental to you and other students.
- Students who are late with no just cause should expect to be detained for explanation and to make up the work missed.
- All food and drink should be consumed outside the classroom.
- Mobile phones, any other portable devices, MP3 players, gaming machines, magazines, or other distractions are not allowed and will be confiscated.
- Obtain staff permission if it is necessary to leave the room.
- Homework must be recorded in your Pupil Journal.
3. At the end of the lesson
- Wait for the teacher to tell you to pack away.
- When told to do so, stand and put chairs under or on the desks as instructed.
- Leave the room as you would wish to find it. Place any litter in the bin.
- Wait quietly until your teacher dismisses you.
4. Please remember...
Teachers are in the position of parents/guardians while you are in school and in that respect:
- Requests from teachers should be carried out immediately without argument.
- There is no excuse for rudeness, disrespect or insolence towards any member of the school staff.
Good habits will lessen the need for teacher instruction and will promote a more enjoyable working atmosphere.
The Pathways Curriculum
At Belfairs Academy students follow a personalised pathways curriculum. This curriculum matches their skills, abilities and individual needs. The principle behind this is to provide a curriculum diet that stretches and challenges at all levels and allows students to make progress at all times.
There are four pathways: Purple, Red, Blue and Green.
Each subject has their own boundaries for the four pathways and lessons are designed to match the learning needs within them. A student can be in different pathways for different subjects, for example, a red pathway for English and History and a blue for Science. Students will also be able to move within the pathways depending on their progress. Progress within the pathways will be reviewed each half term and opportunities for movement will be identified.
The curriculum is divided as follows:
You will find further detail about each subject, who teaches at each key stage, and the contents of the curriculum. We believe in developing the whole child, and consequently you will find both academic and enrichment information in the following pages.
Should you require further information please contact the Subject Leader for that subject, whose details you will find in the above sections.
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Exam Results read more
Find out past exam results and when future exams results can be collected.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Future Gateways Evening on 27th February 2019 when the GCSE Options process will be explained to you.
Girls on Board
The 'Girls on Board' initiative started at Belfairs in November 2018 and is designed to support young girls with peer relationships. You can read more about the initiative below.
If you have any queries regarding the programme, please contact Mr Evans, Assistant Principal, at the academy on 01702 509000.
Research over a number of years in this country and other countries has shown that homework can make an important contribution to students' progress in school.
Years 7 and 8
Homework for Years 7 and 8 students will be set weekly for core subjects and fortnightly for all other subjects. Practical subjects may set practical or written work.
Years 9, 10 and 11
Homework for Years 9, 10 and 11 students will be set weekly for all subjects. At peak times there may be additional homework set.
*Science - Triple Science teachers will set three times per week: 1 for each of the Sciences.
Years 12 and 13
Subjects are expected to set one substantive piece of homework per week, in addition to reading, note-taking, preparation for lessons etc.
It is recommended that Post 16 students should complete 2 hours of independent study per subject per week, in addition to any homework and private study work set by their subject teachers.
Definition of Homework
This is defined as 'any work or activities which students are asked to do outside lesson time'.
Purpose of Homework
- To encourage students to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to study effectively on their own - to promote self-discipline and independent learning.
- To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding developed at school.
- To prepare for future class work.
- To develop skills in using libraries and other learning resources.
- To extend school learning - for example through research and extension work, coursework, additional reading, use of resources' only available outside school.
- To provide feedback to the students and teacher of the student's knowledge, skills and understanding of work tackled in school.
- To manage particular external demands, such as KS4 coursework.
- To provide opportunities for developing the home-school partnership.
Co-ordination and Planning of Homework Arrangements
- Certain subjects in the curriculum take a different approach to the setting of homework depending on the requirements of the subject/topic. Subject teachers may use an extended project or allocate an extended time period to complete the homework.
- This approach allows for flexibility in the curriculum, subjects and topics within subjects can be addressed differently. The flexible approach, the use of extended projects and extended time allocation allows the student to work in more depth and detail. It gives the student the appropriate time to complete work and allows them the opportunity to work at their own pace but to a set deadline. The student is able to have choice in which subject to work on each evening.
- Those who default will be given a sanction in accordance with the subject area's policy. If a detention is set notice will be given to parents in accordance with school policy. For regular defaulters, parents will be informed and a joint strategy implemented to improve performance.
How You Can Support Your Child with Homework
Parents/Carers can assist by:
- Providing a table, chair and a quiet place to work.
- Negotiating with your child when homework is to be done as their free time is important too.
- Checking the time spent on individual tasks.
- Ensuring that outside clubs do not hamper your child's quality of work and put them under undue pressure.
- Checking presentation and content of all homework being returned to the Academy.
- Signing your child's journal each week.
- Providing the Academy with information concerning any problems via the student journal or by contacting the Academy directly.
- Responding positively when your child ask for help by giving plenty of praise and encouragement.
- Ensuring they are supplied with healthy food and drinks.
Helping Your Child with Homework Checklist
- Do you set a regular time every day for your child to complete homework?
- Does your child have the books, pencils and other equipment required to complete their homework?
- Does your child have a quiet place to study with lots of light?
Monitor all Homework
- Do you know what your child's homework assignments are?
- Do you know how long they should take?
- Do you check and sign your child's journal?
- Do you see that homework tasks are started and completed?
- Do you read the teacher's comments on marked homework?
- Do you check 'Show my Homework'.
Frequently Asked Questions About Homework for Parents/Carers
We have received questions and queries from parents/carers concerning a variety of aspects regarding homework. We have summarised these below in what we hope will be a helpful guide which will enable you to further support your child.
'What is my role in homework?'
- Encouragement is a major role. Ensure that your child manages and copes with the workload. Sit with them. Talk to them about their tasks. If your child verbalises their learning they are more likely to retain the knowledge.
'I am busy and do not have the time to help. What can I do?'
- It is not essential that you sit with them and work alongside them, but showing an interest is imperative. Ask them what tasks they are undertaking tonight and sound enthusiastic!'
'I do not know enough about a specific topic to help my child. How can I help?'
- Children thrive on rewards and encouragement. Maybe look at some information together. Help them collect information. Supporting your child is an excellent way of helping them.
'It is noisy and there is no space at home'
- The Academy has several homework clubs which run from early in the morning until 4.30pm. There are also opportunities at lunchtime to complete homework.
'How much homework should my child be doing?'
- The current homework timetable is on our website.
'My child does not tell me about homework. What can I do?'
- Look in their journal and on 'Show my Homework'. Ask your child's form tutor. Ask them open questions about today's learning at school.
'My child spends more time than necessary on their homework'.
- Children work at different speeds. However, if they are spending inordinate amounts of time on tasks make a note in their journal or simply write - 'X has spent 30 minutes on this task'.
Students who may have difficulty in working at home will be encouraged to make full use of the study facilities provided by the Learning Resource Centre and other study areas. There is a Homework Club in the Learning Resource Centre after school on Monday and Thursday, with staff available to support students.
Leading Parental Partnership Award
The academy is currently working towards achieving the Leading Parental Partnership Award and as usual it is important that your opinions and ideas are heard.
There are a number of ways that you can do this:
By phone call to your child's College Leader or the Subject Leader for the different Departments or your child's teachers.
By letter or email which can be directed in the Academy to the appropriate person who will then get in touch with you.
Attend the Parents' Forum - these are held throughout the year, last roughly 45 minutes and at which a key member of staff gives a short talk on an element of the Academy. There is then an opportunity for questions and answers. . To see more information on parent forums including the upcoming dates visit the parent forum section of the website
Parents Evenings - an opportunity to meet with your child's teachers to discuss their progress, achievement and any barriers that may inhibit them reaching their potential.
Arrange a meeting - you are welcome to arrange to meet with Subject Leaders, Senior Leaders and Class teachers at any point during the year.
There are questionnaires to complete at all events and comments are always welcome. It is good to know what is going well as well as areas that need closer attention.
I am happy to discuss the Award with parents/carers that may wish to ask questions, please do contact me at the academy.
Mr R Evans, Assistant Headteacher and LPPA Lead
LPPA Update - April 2018
- I would like to thank all parents and carers who have attended academy events over the course of the current academic year. We have enjoyed listening to your views on a range of topics relating to academy life. Your thoughts and experiences are important to us and we hope that as a consequence of our home/school partnership all students at Belfairs Academy are given the best opportunity to achieve their potential.
- There are still many opportunities for parents and carers to participate in academy events throughout the Summer Term and to give voice to their opinions and ideas about academy life. Please see details of all upcoming events on the academy website and on our twitter account.
Should you require any further information on the LPPA award, please contact me at the academy.
Literacy at Belfairs
Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives. They will need literacy to cope with the flood of information they will find everywhere they turn. They will need literacy to feed their imaginations so they can create the world of the future. In a complex and sometimes even dangerous world, their ability to read can be crucial.
As your child moves to and develops within Secondary school they will need to develop a range of literacy skills. Here at Belfairs Academy we like to encourage our students to be independent learners and to use every opportunity as a way of improving their basic literacy skills.
Our current literacy initiatives include:
1. Tutor time reading and writing activities.
2. Reading challenges
3. Reading event to promote a passion for reading - July "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader"
4. Student librarians promote a passion for reading.
5. LRC (Reading clubs and support groups available)
6. Levelled reading list available.
7. Reading opportunities in English lessons
8. Cross curricular lesson opportunities with use of the literacy box in each room
9. Parent support booklets for reading and writing
10. Literacy targets set across the curriculum
11. Targeted reading interventions
12. Literacy ambassadors promote a passion for reading.
13. Word of the week
14. The Phoenix (our Academy Magazine)
15. Literacy marketplace events
16. Technology used to support literacy development
17. Comprehension Clarence - The Literacy Mascot
18. Regular author visits for whole year groups and targeted groups
19. Literacy challenges and competitions
20. Dyslexia lunchtime support group
Lost property is kept in Reception. Any named items that come to lost property are returned to the student directly. Any unnamed uniform items and equipment are kept in Reception for half a term after which they are donated to charity.
If a student loses any item of uniform or equipment they should visit Reception during break or lunchtime to retrieve it as soon as possible. If the lost item is PE or Dance kit, they should go to the relevant department first, and then Reception if they have still not found it.
We ask parents to ensure that all uniform and equipment is clearly named so that any lost items can be returned to students directly.
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