A parent/carer's guide to good attendance

What are my responsibilities regarding my child's school attendance?

As a parent/carer it is your responsibility to ensure that a child of compulsory school age attends school both regularly and punctually. The local authority working alongside the academy has a duty to ensure that all parents/carers fulfil this responsibility. Thomas Hepburn Community Academy deems satisfactory attendance as 96% or above.

Why is it important for my child to attend school regularly?

Regular school attendance and good punctuality means your child can make the most of their education and will improve their choices in adult life. It will also help them when they enter the world of work.
School helps children and young people with their social skills, making and maintaining friendships, building confidence and self esteem. If your child does not attend school regularly it could affect their attainment grades in exams, tests and assignments because of missed work.

How can I help my child attend school regularly?

Taking a positive interest in your child's education will encourage and promote regular school attendance. Keep in touch with Thomas Hepburn Community Academy by contacting your child's head of year or form tutor and attend parent's evenings and other school events.

Can I get help if my child is not attending school regularly?

You should always contact Thomas Hepburn Community Academy to support you; you can either speak to your child's head of year or a member of the attendance team. We are here to support you in ensuring your child receives the best possible education and attendance is a key part of this.

What will happen if my child does not attend school regularly?

We will contact you if we are concerned about your child's attendance to offer any support that may be required. A referral could be made to the local authority if your child's attendance does not improve.

Gateshead local authority will use legislation to enforce attendance at school where parents do not fulfil their duty to ensure their children attend school regularly. This could mean a parent or carer enters into the Local Authority Enforcement Procedure which may lead to prosecution in the Magistrates Court. A parent or carer could receive a Parenting Order, a Community Order, a Curfew Order and/or a fine up to £2500.

A parent or carer can also be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for any unauthorised absence including taking an unauthorised holiday in term time.

Remember Thomas Hepburn Community Academy gives your child a wide range of opportunities and experiences both academic and social allowing them to develop their interests and achieve their full potential.