Good attendance at school is obviously vital if a student is to make good progress. In the British School we congratulate students for their good attendance and thank families for their support. At the end of each term families receive a letter confirming children’s attendance to date. Many students maintained a 100% attendance record and most achieve very good attendance.
If a student has an attendance record of 95% or over this meets this school’s expectations. If it’s less than 90% this is of concern. Firstly, if your child is not at school we can’t teach them. Secondly, we know that attendance of less than 85% is disruptive to the whole class. Finally, we know from all the evidence in England that low attendance is directly linked with slow learning progress and low examination grades. Therefore, at The British School, we know that attending school is a very important and a serious endeavour. If your child’s attendance falls below 80% or they are repeatedly and frequently late, the School reserves the right, very reluctantly, to permanently exclude them because it is so disruptive to the School and other students.
Being on time
Nearly all children arrive on time everyday and this is expected. Lateness is disruptive to the School and lessons. Arriving late to lessons harms learning. The School teach children that being on time is part of teamwork, personal responsibility and good manners. Being punctual is part of the School’s Code of Conduct so lateness is never acceptable although sometimes it might be understandable.
In Senior School, being late is an ½ day unauthorised absence for which a child will receive a referral. Being late to lessons repeatedly will result in detention. Missing a lesson without permission is truanting (see below) If a Senior School student arrives after 08:00am they must report to the school office and inform School Administrator immediately. Being late to School is a ½ day unauthorised absence but worse than that, it is very disruptive to the students, teachers and learning.
When your child can miss school
You can only allow your child to miss school if either:
- they’re too ill to attend
- you have advance permission from the school
Examinations and Attendance
The minimum requirement is that students attendance on each IGCSE, GCSE, AS or A level course in which they wish to sit a final examination is 87%. The school reserves the right not to enter students with less than 87% attendance.
- Authorised Absences
If a student is unwell or receiving emergency medical treatment this may be counted an authorised absence. Visits to the doctor, dentist or similar during the school day are unauthorised absence. Close family bereavements and family medical emergencies are counted as authorised absence.
- Parent authorised absence
Parents may wish to inform the school that their child will not attend school for family or other personal reasons. However, whilst the school is grateful for being informed, parent authorised absences are likely to be counted as unauthorised absences from school.
- School authorised absence
The School may authorise absences for other academic examinations and educational visits not organised by the school (including competing in a sports fixture). Rarely, and probably for compassionate reasons, absence may be school authorised by the discretion of the Principal CEO.
- Unauthorised Absence
If a child is not at school without reason or notification it will be counted as unauthorised absence. Should a child be temporarily excluded from school or excluded from more than one lesson in a day, this is counted as unauthorised absence because it is the child’s responsibility not to be excluded.
Policy for similar schools in England
In England, parents must make sure their children get a full-time education. Children in England must go to school in the school term after their 5th birthday until the last Friday in June in the school year they turn 16. If your child is unexpectedly missing from school someone for the school would contact you. You’d be contacted you even if your child unexpectedly misses only one day. In England you can be prosecuted if your child doesn’t attend school or misses days unexpectedly. Attending school is important.
Help with getting your child to go to school
If you’re having trouble getting your child to go to school, the School may be able to help. The School will discuss attendance problems with you and should agree a plan with you to improve your child’s attendance.
Holidays in term time
Holidays in term time will be counted as unauthorised absence. Please do not make family travel plans during term time. Missing school for family holidays is unauthorised absence.
If a child is not at school and you may receive a phone call to find out where they are. The School wish to know that children are safe and why they are not at school. You will receive an attendance report every half term. Students who achieve 100% attendance receive an award at Annual Prize Giving.
Truanting (“Skipping School”)
Your child can not, for any reason, ever miss school without your approval. even for a short part of the day. If this happens it is a very serious matter and the School reserves the right to ask your child to leave the school permanently. Child cannot leave the School at anytime of the day without permission and if they do this it is an unauthorised absence and truanting (skipping school).
It is always a great pleasure to welcome back past students. If someone would like to visit the school, please contact the appropriate School Administrator to make an appointment for the visit. Casual visits are not permitted. Casual visitors must report to security and the school office on arrival.
If a parent wishes to check their child’s attendance at any time, they should contact the appropriate School Administrator.