Attendance

The Turing School is an inclusive and welcoming school. All admissions to the school are controlled by the Local Education Authority in accordance with their policy. Please see the East Sussex County Council Website for a copy of this: https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/admission

 

If you are interested in applying for a place at The Turing School then please visit the website below:

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/admissions/  

 

We are currently accepting applications from Year 6 students to join us in the academic year 2022/2023. If you are interested in applying and would like a tour of the school then please contact the school office to arrange a time.

The current Pupil Allocation Number for The Turing School is 189. If you are considering applying for a place for a student during the academic year then please contact the school office to enquire if we have space in your year group of choice.

 

Attendance

 

Regular and punctual attendance demonstrates that the students of The Turing School have a strong sense of identity and value the learning community they belong to. Their attendance reflects their pride in The Turing School and the value they place on their learning. The rigorous drive in continually striving to improve our attendance illustrates how all stakeholders recognise and understand the importance of regular and punctual attendance.

 

Teachers in schools which achieve high rates of attendance maintain high expectations by continuing to insist that attendance is both important and obligatory. They are vigilant, and spend time in careful investigation of the causes of each absence, so that their response fits the circumstances.

Education Observed No.13 "Attendance at School" - HMI.

 

 

 

 

Regular Attendance

Regular attendance means your child can make the most of their education, improving their chances in adult life. School gives your child a wide range of experiences in the form of academic lessons, educational trips and clubs. The more your child is in school the more they increase their opportunity to fulfil their potential.  School can also help your child’s social skills, such as making and keeping friendships. A regular and punctual attendance pattern will help your child when they enter the world of work.

 

Absences

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to provide an explanation for their child’s absence from school. It is the responsibility of the school to decide if an absence is authorised. Contact the Attendance Office as soon as possible on the first and each subsequent day of an absence, stating the reason for the absence and when your child is likely to return. If no reason for absence is received, the Academy will contact you, usually by text. If there is no response the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

 

Parents/Carers can help by:

  • Ensuring contact information (addresses and telephone numbers) is kept up to date
  • Ensuring your child arrives at school on time (before 8.35am), properly dressed and prepared for learning
  • Where possible, providing medical evidence for any illness – this may be required if your child’s attendance falls below 91%

 

Punctuality

Lateness has a negative impact. Being late every day adds up over the school year:

  • 5 minutes adds up to 3 days lost
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  • 10 minutes adds up to 6 days lost
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  • 30 minutes adds up to 19 days lost

 

Pupils who are late miss out on important information during tutor time.  Lateness can disrupt lessons and affect your child’s achievement.

 

Medical/Dental appointments

It is not normal practice to authorise a whole day for appointments. Try to make routine dental and medical appointments during holidays or after the school day. Where this is not possible, your child should only be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment.

 

Illness in school

If pupils are unwell during school hours they should report to the Medical Room.

If a pupil has an elevated temperature and/or is displaying signs of illness parents will be contacted by the school and if necessary, asked to collect their child from school.

Pupils with minor ailments will be encouraged to stay in school where possible.

We do not normally contact parents if pupils are reporting headaches/stomach aches etc unless we have a cause for concern.

We ask that parents do not arrive at school to collect pupils unless this has been agreed with a member of staff.

If your child requires medication in school, please complete and return a Parental Consent form for medications. Please be aware that if pupils are collected from school prior to a discussion with school staff the absence may not be authorised.

 

Withdrawal from Learning

Holidays during term time are strongly discouraged and will not be authorised. If you need to take your child out of school during term time you must complete and return a Withdrawal from learning application. The application must include the dates your child will be absent from school and explain any exceptional circumstances surrounding the request for leave of absence.  We will contact you by letter to advise whether or not the request has been authorised.

 

If you are worried about your child’s attendance please contact the school to discuss your concerns. Your child’s tutor may be able to help you or direct you to appropriate support.

 

You can find information on school attendance provided by East Sussex County Council below:

www.eastsussex.gov.uk/

East Sussex County Council’s Code of Conduct for the provision of administering Penalty Notices for non-school attendance:

www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/