Promoting Good Attendance at Bay House School & Sixth Form
Tutors and Year Offices work together to support pupils in achieving excellent attendance. They consistently monitor pupils’ attendance and punctuality. If attendance falls below the expected levels, a variety of colleagues, including the Attendance Team, work with the young person and their family.
A range of strategies are deployed to support improvements in attendance and include:
- In-school support
- Home visits
- In-school attendance panel
- Legal interventions (as outlined in Hampshire County Council’s code of conduct).
If you need support or advice with attendance, please contact your child’s Tutor or Year Office in the first instance.
Absences from school:
- Every half-day absence from school is either ‘authorised’ or ‘unauthorised’, following the most up-to-date government guidelines.
- With genuine reasons for absence, evidence should be provided such as a copy of a prescription or a medical consultation record.
- An absence will be unauthorised if there is not a genuine reason for the absence.
- Holidays taken during term-time will be unauthorised.
Mental Health Support
- If a pupil’s mental health is likely to impact their attendance, they should speak to their Tutor or Year Office who will support them further.
- Tutor time starts at 08.45am. Arrival to school after 08.45am but before 09.15am will be marked as ‘late’ on the school registers.
- Arrivals after 09.15am are marked as an ‘unauthorised absence’, up to the time of arrival to class.
- Lateness to lessons during the day will be marked as ‘late’ on the school registers.
- If your child has any unauthorised absences, fixed penalty notices can be issued by Hampshire County Council.