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Attendance and Punctuality

School Attendance target 

95% or above

Attendance and Punctuality expectations

At Harborne academy we recognise that attending school regularly and on time has a positive impact on learning, progress and therefore the best life chances for our students. Excellent attendance and punctuality is the key for our student’s success. Therefore, we must ensure that attendance and punctuality are the highest they possibly can be in order to prepare our students for their future adult life. In line with the Government Guidelines, we expect all our students to maintain an attendance level of 95% and above. It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, staff, students and governors to ensure they achieve this. Therefore, we monitor and review the attendance of all our students constantly. We encourage excellent attendance and punctuality for all students, by offering an environment in which our students feel valued and part of the school community.

Why is attendance so important and how is it linked to attainment?

Logically if students are not in school, they are not learning and thereby allowing their potential grades to suffer.  What might seem insignificant as they lounge on the sofa on a day off school is that if they are not genuinely ill they should be in school and working their hardest towards achieving their best, no matter what year group they are in. The process of education is life long and we build on what we already know and therefore, if they skip school they are damaging their future. Each year there are 190 school days which leaves 175 days for holidays, shopping, birthday treats and non-urgent medical and dental appointments. Therefore the school is very unlikely to authorise absence for these reasons.

As mentioned earlier our School Attendance Target is 95% or above, therefore, if your son/daughter attends for at least 95% of one school year they will have had less than 10 days absence.

What is good attendance? Let’s take a closer look.

Everyone is genuinely ill at some point and this may lead students to miss a day or two of school, which is permissible, but that should be a very rare occurrence.

Attendance percentages are not like examination results: an attendance percentage needs to be in the high 90’s before it can be considered good. Consider the following example:


The Greater the Attendance (95% or above) 

The Greater the Achievement (5+ A*- C including English and Maths

Why is Punctuality Important?

 Being on time:

  •  gets your day off to a good start and puts you in a positive frame of mind, so that you can make the most of your learning opportunities.
  •  sets positive patterns for the future. You can't expect to keep a job if you're always coming in late;
  •  leads to a good attendance record and means you don’t miss any morning notices;
  •  leads to better achievement because you attend the WHOLE of all of your classes;
  •  leads to understanding that school is important and education is valuable;
  •  helps you develop a sense of responsibility for yourself and towards others and is a sign of good character;
  • is respectful to your teacher and to your classmates and builds good habits for later in life when your employer pays you to be on time;
  • is very important indeed. Research shows that  :-:-   -       attendance and punctuality are the single most important factors in school success 
  •  Punctuality is extremely important at Harborne Academy.


The expectations of the school are:

  • School lessons start at 8:50 a.m. each day, students should be in the building before 8:45 a.m.
  • The student is deemed late if they pass through the gate after this time.
  • If a student arrives after this time with a genuine reason, they should bring a note from home to this effect, or parents must contact student reception by 9.30 a.m.
  • Arrival after 8:50 a.m. will result in a same day after school detention with a senior member of staff unless it is for a valid reason backed up with a note or call from a parent.


Student Illness

Students are expected to be in school every day unless they are ill. If your son or daughter is ill, you should telephone the school on the first day of absence and every consecutive day of their illness.  

Harborne Academy Telephone Number: 0121 464 2737

Harborne Academy does not authorise holiday in term time. Therefore you must make every effort not to arrange family holidays during term time, as this causes great difficulties for your child when he/she returns to school.  Where this is unavoidable, requests for leave of absence must be made in writing to the school well in advance of the date. 


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