At Cedar Mount Academy we believe that regular school attendance is key to enabling students to achieve their full potential. We strive to work with students and their families to ensure excellent attendance and punctuality. Any issue related to absence, attendance or punctuality that you are not sure about, please contact the relevant Attendance Officer, to help us keep the system working efficiently.

Student Attendance Policy & Punctuality Policy 2021-2022

Absence Procedure

Parents/Carers need to contact the Academy by 8:35am on the first day of an absence. Please call the office on 0161-248-7009 or send a message via the ‘Absence Reporting’ function on the EduLink app. Please leave the name of your child, the tutor group and reason for absence. If you know of any planned absence, such as hospital appointments, please give as much notice as possible.

Dental and a non-urgent doctor appointments should take place out of academy hours when possible. If a student has a morning appointment they should attend school as soon as possible after the appointment.

Students who incur 5 sessions (2.5 days) of unauthorised absence will be closely monitored and further absences can result in a fixed penalty from the local authority..

Holiday Requests

Please do not take children out of school during term time for holidays. While we appreciate that it can be more expensive to go away in the school holiday periods, losing valuable school time is at the expense of your child’s education. The law states that you do not have the right to take your child out of school for holidays during term time. The Local Education Authority works with schools to reduce the numbers of children missing school because of holidays taken in term time and schools, by law, can no longer authorise a holiday during term time. If you decide to take your child out of school during term time for the purpose of a holiday, then this will be classified as an unauthorised absence.

Late Arrival

Students must arrive promptly before school starts. Registration begins at 8.40am, students arriving after this time will be marked as present but arriving late and will need to report to the student entrance, appropriate sanctions will then take place. Upon arrival after the close of the student entrance, students must immediately report to reception to be marked Present/Late. The absence will only be authorised if a satisfactory explanation for the late arrival can be provided, for example, attendance at a medical appointment. If your child arrives thirty minutes after registers have closed this will be marked as an unauthorised absence, which will affect their attendance and may lead to legal sanctions.

Unauthorised Absence

When students incur 5 sessions (2.5 days) of unauthorised absence they will be closely monitored and further absences can result in a fixed penalty from the local authority. Absence will not be authorised unless circumstances are exceptional.

Legal Sanctions

Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 states that if a parent fails to ensure the regular school attendance of their child if he/she is a registered student at a school and is of compulsory school age, then they are guilty of an offence. Where there fails to be an improvement in attendance, the Local Authority will be notified and legal action in the Magistrates’ Court may be taken. The school will provide the Local Authority with evidence required for a prosecution under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 and will appear as a prosecution witness if required by the court. This is to ensure that parents realise their own responsibilities in ensuring attendance at school and most importantly about returning children to education.