Good attendance is key to success at Bexleyheath Academy; our heads of years work closely with parents and carers to support good attendance and punctuality for all students. We have an automated system in place that will send parents/carers a text message if your child is absent when they shouldn't be.
What should I do if my child is absent?
The length of the school week is 34 hours 30 minutes. The length of time in lessons is 25 hours. The requirement of the DCSF is 24 hours.
The Department for Education (DfE) amended the regulations governing requests for holidays in term time. With effect from September 2013, amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 make it clear that Headteachers MAY NOT grant any holidays or other absences during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The Headteacher will carefully review any request for leave of absence during term time but it is only in the most exceptional circumstances that leave can even be considered or granted.
The Headteacher must determine what are exceptional circumstances and the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Also, as of September 2013, the DfE amended the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007, so that any parent/carer who receives a Penalty Notice for taking their child out of school during term time will have to pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days.Previously, parents had 28 days to pay £60 and 42 days to pay £120.
I am by law required to comply with these amendments to the regulations, which affect all absences from school during term time.
For more information please go to www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/behaviour/attendance
Many thanks in advance of your continuing support in this most important of matters.
The impact of students who constitute serious Medical Needs cases has a significant impact upon the attendance figure. If these students were removed from the persistent attendance figure then this would be 3.36%.
Attendance Graph Trends over 5 Years
The Attendance figure for Years 7 -11 was 95.4%. This is a 0.5% increase compared to the previous academic year.
Sixth Form attendance was 94.7% In comparison to the previous academic year; this figure was at 94.2% which demonstrates a 0.2% decrease.
DSEN attendance for Years 7 – 11 was recorded as 93.6%. This is a 0.6% increase compared to the previous academic year.
Students recorded as PP6 had an attendance figure of 94.1% which equates to an increase of 0.5%
Those students who are recorded as Children who are Looked After have an attendance figure of 93.3% which is an increase of 0.2% from the previous academic year.
The figure of attendance for those on Free School Meals is 92.7% and those recorded as having English as an Addition Language (EAL) recorded a figure of 96.7%.