Attendance/ Safeguarding Update

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to begin by thanking all parents/ carers for the continued significant improvements in our attendance over recent months. Attendance for 2018/9 so far is now 19% higher than it was in 2017/8, meaning that students are safer, attending lessons more often and therefore maximising their possibilities of achieving highly. Our attendance so far in Spring Half-Term 1 is 1% higher already that in Autumn Half-Term 2, and 6% higher than that in Autumn Half-Term 1.

Similarly, it has been pleasing to see significant improvement in punctuality to tutor time (which begins at 9.15am) in the mornings in recent weeks. Morning punctuality so far in Spring Half-Term 1 is 11% higher than that in Autumn Half-Term 2, and 19% higher than that in Autumn Half-Term 1. Please remember that for your child to receive their legal “morning registration” mark, they must be in on time- as you are aware, any students who miss lesson time by not being in school before 9.35am are issued with 30 minute detentions on the same day.

In addition, I would also like to thank all students who are now going “over and above” by arriving to school early and attending our free breakfast club. Due to popular demand, breakfast club now opens at the earlier time of 8.45am and runs until 9.15am. A reminder that toast, cereal, fruit juices and hot drinks are all provided so we would encourage all students to join the large numbers who are already enjoying this!

On a different subject, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that in any cases where students become unwell during the school day, it is our policy to ask that a parent/carer collects the student. We have experienced some cases recently where parents/ carers have asked for students to be released to travel home alone when ill- this is not something we can authorise in line with safeguarding procedures.

Finally, I would be grateful if you could let us know if for any reason your contact details have changed recently. For all safeguarding matters, this is of paramount importance but it is also vital in the event of any snow closures that we are able to contact you quickly. If we do have to close for snow, as always we will text all parents/ carers and inform BBC Radio WM/ Free Radio as well as updating our website (www.theedgeacademy.co.uk), our Twitter feed (@edgenorthfield) and our Facebook page (@edgeacademynorthfield).

If you have any further questions regarding this letter, please feel free to contact me at andrew.wakefield@theedgeacademy.co.uk

 

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Wakefield

Principal

 

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