Student Attendance

The Roundhill Academy prides itself on an excellent attendance rate and we take care to ensure that every absence is checked and verified. We undertake to follow up any unexplained absences as quickly as possible and the co-operation of parents is greatly appreciated, since these are regarded as truancy. It is vital that you contact the school to let us know the reason for absence. The percentage of unauthorised absence at school is very low indeed and we work hard to maintain our excellent record, in partnership with our parents.

Parents are responsible in law for ensuring that their children attend school regularly. This means attending school punctually on every day during term time unless there is a good reason for absence such as illness. The school has adopted a policy of first day absence calling. This means that if your child has not been registered in the morning the Attendance Officer will send you a voice or text message via our Keep Kids Safe system. To find out the reason unless we have been previously notified. A child who has been absent from school must, on return, bring a note explaining the absence; this ensures that no student can be absent without the knowledge of parents. If a child is expected to be absent for more than three days, it would be helpful if parents would let us know rather than waiting for the child’s return to school. If absences remain unexplained the Attendance Officer will inform parents each week by letter asking for reasons for absence. The Attendance Officer will inform parents by letter if a student has been late arriving to the school on more than four occasions, in any four week period.

Parents are asked not to send their children to School if they are feeling unwell in the morning; we have few facilities to deal with sick children in school. If a child falls ill or has an accident while at school we need to contact parents for the child to be collected or sent home, or in very rare circumstances, to be accompanied to hospital. It is vital for us to have an emergency contact number at which parents or another family member can be reached. Please inform us promptly of any change of telephone number or address.

Children are expected to take part in the Physical Education programme and a medical certificate should be sent to school if this is not possible