Attendance & Punctuality
Good attendance is essential for a student to gain the most from their experience at Holloway School. Days off school soon add up. Missing lessons makes it hard to catch up and students have to work harder when they come back. Research has proved that there is a link between poor attendance and poor performance. If your child is unable to attend school on a given day, please contact us on 020 7607 5885 at 8.30am to let us know. If your child is absent and you have not contacted us, you will receive a text message from the office and will need to respond.
When your child returns to school, give them a note and the appointment card/hospital letter for the school office. Please help your child to maintain good attendance by booking doctor, dentist or optician appointments and shopping trips in the school holidays, after school or at weekends.
Holidays during term time will not be authorised. Any requests for absence should be put in writing to the Headteacher. Statutory action may be taken for unauthorised absences.
The school employs a full-time Attendance Officer and two full-time Home Liaison Officers who each morning visit the homes of students who are absent. The Home Liaison Officers will prioritise visits for Persistent Absentees (students with attendance of below 90%) and students with parents who have not contacted the school regarding their child’s absence.
All students are expected to maintain an attendance figure of at least 96%. Students without medical evidence whose attendance falls below the legal required minimum of 90% can expect to face legal action. Students who have 100% attendance will be rewarded with an all-expenses paid trip to Thorpe Park at the end of the summer term.
Last year (2016/17) our overall attendance figure was 94.8%. This year our target is 96%
Being late puts students at a disadvantage. They miss notices and important information. They interrupt lessons for other people as well as interrupting their own learning.
On a Learning Guidance morning, an Assembly morning and every Friday, Year 7-10 students will arrive at school no later than 8.30am. A warning bell will ring at 8.35am notifying students to make their way to either their Learning Guidance room or the Assembly Hall. As soon as the 8.40am bell sounds, the register will be taken and students who are late will be recorded as L for registration and receive a 30 minute SLT detention on the same day.
On the other 2 days, Year 7-10 students will arrive at school no later than 8.55am. A warning bell will ring at 9am notifying students to make their way to Lesson 1. Also at 9am, the main doors to the school will close and students arriving shortly after this will receive 30 minute SLT detention on the same day.
Students in Learning Guidance or Assembly are dismissed at 9am to allow them to get to Lesson 1 promptly for a 9.05am start.
As soon as the 9.05am bell sounds, the register will be taken by Lesson 1 teachers and students who are late at this point will receive a 60 minute SLT detention on the same day.
Students in Year 11 are expected to be in school by 8.30am every day. All students have Learning Guidance groups on Fridays.
If you would like any further information regarding Attendance & Punctuality Expectations, please call Ms Mackmurdie on 020 7689 1468.