Our job at Trinity Academy is to prepare your child for life. The well-planned Academy curriculum looks at the child as a whole person, preparing them for adulthood, relationships and the possibility that one day they may become a parent. Our aim is to give students knowledge and wisdom to make informed decision. Positive school attendance is central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential. Pupils who attend school on a regular basis and offered access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities will usually leave school with qualifications and access to greater employment opportunities. The links between attendance and achievement are strong, and high levels of attendance at school should be a right of each pupil. Trinity are focused and striving to improve our overall Academy attendance. We believe in a proactive approach, this will be supported if we can reduce the percentage of our population who fall into PNA (persistent non-attendees) category.
In keeping with recent legislation, our guidance is as follows:
95% and above is good attendance, whereas a student with 90-95% would be deemed a poor attender. If a student’s attendance drops below 90%, the Government classes them as ‘persistent non-attender’, and legal monitoring of attendance can occur. In order to prevent this, and ensure that your child is attending school as much as possible, we offer help from our experienced staff team. We understand that it is not always easy to get your child into school every day. If you are experiencing any difficulties in maintaining your child’s attendance, which you would like to discuss with us, please contact the school, or let your child’s tutor know. We will do our best to help you.
In addition, your child may be allocated an attendance caseworker who will work with them on an individual basis in order to try and improve their attendance.
Important Attendance Information
Recent changes in school attendance legislation have led to the following amendments in Newcastle LEA attendance monitoring criteria.
The amendments adopted by Trinity Academy are as follows:
· Any student falling below 90% attendance, may be referred to the local authority and, as a result, may be subject to the legal monitoring process.
· All term time holidays are unauthorised.
· Any parents/carers taking students on holiday during term time, may be referred to the local authority and as a result, may be issued with a Penalty Notice.