At King’s Oak Academy, we want and expect our students to attend school every day, unless they are not well enough to do so. We believe that children who attend school regularly are more likely to feel settled in school, maintain friendships, keep up with their learning and gain the greatest benefit from their education. Attending school and lessons on time every day also helps students form and maintain good habits which can stay with them throughout their educational journey and on into the workplace.
Arriving at school on time
Arriving at school on time is not only essential for the student’s own learning, but it also encourages habits of good timekeeping and lessens any possible classroom disruption. When a student arrives late, they miss important events like assembly, teacher instructions and introductions, and this can significantly disadvantage their progress and feeling of belonging in school.
Students should attend school on every day the school is open unless they are not well enough to do so.
Minor ailments should not be a reason for staying at home and we strongly encourage you to ensure that your child is in school every day. If your child attends school when feeling slightly under the weather, but feels worse during the school day, they can let a member of staff know and we will contact you to let you know if we think your does child need to go home.
If your child is too ill to attend school, you must notify the academy before 8:45am on the first day of absence. If your child is ill for more than one day, you will need to notify the academy on each morning of the absence, unless otherwise agreed. Please be aware that by law, schools must record all student absences and whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised.
To report an absence, please phone to leave a message with our Main Reception team using the numbers below or send us a message on Insight.
Lower School (Reception – Year 4) – 0117 9927 129
Middle/ Upper School (Year 5-11) – 0117 9927 127
When you call us to report an illness absence, please clearly state:
- your child’s name and year group
- the symptoms your child has, including when the symptoms started and when you expect your child will be well enough to return to school (if you know this)
Attending school every day helps children and young people maximise their learning in the classroom and enjoy the benefits of their educational experience. It really does make a difference.
We would therefore like to remind parents and carers that the academy will not authorise any leave of absence in term time, unless satisfied that the reason for the absence is for exceptional circumstances.
If you need to request permission for your child to be absent from school, please make sure that the parent/carer of where the child normally lives should submit the Leave of Absence Form at the earliest opportunity to either the school office team or by emailing [email protected]. The Leave of Absence form is available in our Main Reception or by clicking the following link.
It is really important that we always work together to know where your child is because we all have a duty to ensure they are safe. If we don’t know why a child is absent, we will follow our safeguarding procedures to contact you to understand the cause of the absence. Please remember that unauthorised term time leave may result in a Penalty Notice or Prosecution.