- Thoughts from the Head
Welcome to the Learning Curve,
A few weeks ago Mr Cook wrote a piece for the learning curve on the importance of attendance. I won’t repeat all that he said here but suffice to say that the key messages were:
- High levels of school attendance is important and expected.
- There is a wealth of research that shows a direct correlation between attendance and achievement.
- 90% school attendance or above is expected for all of our students.
Towards the end of last year and over the early weeks of this new academic year we have been discussing attendance a lot. I have asked us to look at how we can improve it, monitor it and ensure that we challenge poor attendance. We have brought in a new monitoring system and electronic registration program that better allows us to analyse data and highlight concerns. This is now in operation with some final components being added over the break.
We have overhauled the schools attendance policy and added a new page to the PARENT ROOM which now allows parents to access the policy and it’s related procedures. I urge you to take a look. On this new page you will also find some simple FAQs on what to do if your child is ill or if you wish to request an authorised absence for an upcoming event / appointment etc.
We now have a week of holiday after a busy half term which has seen lots of new things to get used to. Although tiring it has been a successful one and I am happy with the progress we are making. Our teachers are getting a very well deserved break too so please take the time to say thanks or wish them a nice vacation if you can. They too have had to get to new rhythms and systems this half term.
Finally, a big thank you to all of our families. I have greatly enjoyed spending time with and talking to our students and having discussions with all of you. I am pleased to see our values being lived both on and off campus and feel confident and excited for the next half term.
After the break you can expect more information on our strategic plan as well as information sessions for parents on assessment, reporting and the curriculum. Onwards we go!
Have a lovely break.
Head of School