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The Academy is committed to providing a full and efficient educational experience to all students and will take measures to encourage regular and punctual attendance at the Academy and in all lessons. We believe that our students have the right to education and consistent attendance is an essential foundation in order to achieve their potential.

Sir Thomas Wharton Academy attendance target for 2017 / 2018 is 96%. All students should aim to achieve 96% or above.

Parents have a vital role to play and we are working hard to establish strong Home-Academy links so we can deal quickly and efficiently with any concerns about attendance. If there are problems that affect a student’s attendance we will investigate, identify and strive, in partnership with parents, students and relevant support agencies, to resolve these problems so that we return the student to full attendance at all times.

Attendance & The Law:

The Education Act 1996, Section 444(1) states that if a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at school fails to attend regularly at that school, his/her parents, guardians/carers are guilty of an offence; and Section 444(1) states that if a parent, guardian/carer knowingly fails to secure his/her child’s regular attendance at school, with justification, they may be found guilty of the more serious aggravated offence.

This means that you are breaking the law if you are the parent of a child who is:

  • between 5 and 16 years of age.
  • registered as a pupil at school; and not attending school regularly.

Your responsibilities:

Make sure your child goes to school regularly.

Co-operate fully with the academy staff and the Local Authority Education Welfare Officer who will offer you advice and support to help you ensure your child goes to the academy regularly.

If your child does not attend regularly an Education Welfare Officer may write to you and/or discuss the problem. They are there to help you.

You could be given a parenting order, which means you will have to attend a parenting class. You may be issued with a penalty notice of £60 (£120 when payment is made after 21 days but prior to 28 days).

It is vital that you co-operate with the academy staff and Education Welfare Officer in order to avoid the School Attendance Enforcement Procedure which can carry penalties up to £2,500 and imprisonment.


Attendance Policy


Information regarding Holidays in Term Time:

From September 2013, Sir Thomas Wharton Academy, acting on advice from the Local Education Authority and along with a growing number of other schools in Doncaster, will be unauthorising absence due to holidays in term time.


Letter to parents


Application for Leave of Absence during Term Time:


Leave of Absence Form 2015-2016


Did you know? …

  • 90% attendance means missing one half day EVERY week.
  • 90% attendance means the equivalent of missing FOUR whole weeks in one Academy year.
  • And that’s equivalent to missing 116 hour long lessons here at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy!
  • But over five years, this is the equivalent of missing HALF of an Academy year!
  • Missing just 17 days in one year can mean dropping a full grade in GCSE.
  • Only 10% of persistent truants achieve 5 A* to C passes at GCSE.
  • Five or more passes can increase wages by 42%.
  • 85 million days are lost to absence each year.
  • Of students with 94% attendance or less, only 75% achieve 5+ A* to C grades at GCSE.
  • Of students with 89% attendance or less, only 25% achieve 5+ A* to C grades.
  • Every day, 50,000 children of all ages miss school without permission.
  • A student at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy who is on holiday for two weeks during term time will miss 58 one hour lessons. Some never catch up.

How can I help my child to go to school as often as possible and on time?

Attendance is highlighted by the government and rightly so, if a child is not at school then they cannot learn anything. But attendance does not stand alone – it is part of the whole package. Often, poor attendance is due to a child being unhappy at school, feeling they cannot cope with the work, being tired or being told off for forgetting things.

As parents you should:

Help you child develop a weekday routine – sleep is so important and most children do not get enough. Most secondary children should aim for 10 hours sleep a night.

Try to develop an evening routine – homework, tea, TV, bath, reading, bed – and try to avoid having a TV in your child’s bedroom – it hinders rather then aids sleep.

Help develop a morning routine also. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It speeds up metabolism and helps children to be more alert at school. Make sure your child wakes in enough time to have breakfast or here at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy breakfast is available from 8am every morning. Make sure that lunch and books are organised the night before. Remind your child about PE kit / lunch / money / return slips, etc.