We are proud of our high attendance levels and constantly aspire to improve them further. Ensuring that pupils attend school every day is one of the most important ways that parents/carers can ensure their success. There are well documented links between regular attendance and attainment. All pupils should be aiming for 100% attendance and parental support and encouragement in achieving this is crucial. A strong partnership between school and home is a key factor in ensuring children attend school regularly.
Good attendance will help pupils to:
We high have expectations around punctuality at Blue Coat. Being just 5 minutes late each day is the equivalent to missing 3.4 school days per year.
Lateness to lessons can be extremely disruptive to the class and as such the following process will begin:
Pupils persistently late for school or lessons will be picked up under our Attendance Policy.
We understand that pupils may miss school on occasion due to ill health. We ask that parents:
Medical/dental appointments should be made outside of school hours. Where this is not possible please write to firstname.lastname@example.org providing appropriate valid evidence e.g. hospital letter. We will require this to authorise the absence.
Pupils with a doctor or dentist appointment will be expected to attend school either side of the appointment time and must sign out at Student Services with a parent to meet them. Staff are unable to collect pupils from lessons for appointments.
Holidays must not be taken during term time. School holidays are published a year in advance and government legislation states that headteachers may not grant leave of absence for holidays during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances which make time off in term time unavoidable.
Parents and carers requesting leave for exceptional circumstances should apply in writing to the Headteacher. The reason must be outlined in detail and evidenced. Parents/carers who take their child on holiday without permission will incur an unauthorised absence for their child and the Local Authority can issue Fixed Penalty Notices for term time holidays of 5 days or more, which the school will enforce in every case.
Given the unpredictability of our weather please take time to read the Snow Policy located on our website Policies Page.
Requests for absence for acting, modelling, sporting engagements or other commitments/interests should be submitted in writing to the Headteacher and will be considered individually, looking at the impact of absence on a pupil’s progress. Absences are unlikely to be authorised in or just before exam periods.
Christian holidays are already covered in the school’s holiday pattern. Any additional requests should be made in writing in advance to the Headteacher. Such requests will only be granted where the day is exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which the parent(s)/carers belong. Members of Saddleworth Churches who wish to participate in the act of witness on Whit Friday should seek permission from the Headteacher with a letter signed by the Vicar/Priest, absence will then be granted for the morning only. Without this, absences will be classed as unauthorised.
Part-time employment is not accepted as a reason for non-attendance at detention or failure to do homework. Parents are reminded that no child under the age of 13 may be employed and that for children aged 13-16 full details must be sent to the Local Education Authority by the employer within four days. For any queries contact your Local Authority.
In cases for persistent or prolonger absence school have procedures in place to support pupils and their families. Please read through our full Pupil Attendance & Punctuality Policy for further detail.
The Blue Coat School is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust
Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity registered in England. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ. The website address is www.cranmereducationtrust.com and the phone number 0161 785 5082.