Dear Parent/Carer,

As we move further into the final half-term of 2021, I would again like to thank all parents/ carers for the continuing dramatic improvements in our attendance over recent years. Our strength in this area means that students are safer, attending lessons more often and therefore maximising their possibilities of achieving highly.

Pleasingly, average attendance of students since joining The Edge is now an incredible 21% higher than their previous school baseline prior to joining us, even when marks for the Spring Term 2021 lockdown period are included.

On average so far in 2020/21, 29% of all students are now arriving early before the start of school to attend our free breakfast club (where toast, cereal, fruit juices and hot drinks are all provided between 8.45am and 9.15am); we would encourage all students to join the growing numbers of students who are already enjoying this! A reminder too that we would advise parents/carers not to give their child any spending money on weekday mornings as we provide nutritious breakfast, break and lunch food completely free of charge. All of the latest research also clearly shows that consumption of confectionery, fizzy and energy drinks in the morning hampers students’ focus in lessons as well as contributing to poor health generally.

Please remember that any students who arrive in school after 9.15am are late and miss lesson time. A reminder too that we have regretfully had to take court action and fine a minority of parents/ carers over the course of recent years where student attendance and punctuality has not been in line with our expectations. We continue to help and support all families as much as we possibly can, please feel free to contact our Attendance Officer Jas Greene at jas.greene@theedgeacademy.co.uk if you are experiencing any difficulties with which we can assist.

Finally, further to previous correspondence, I wanted to remind you all that our final training day of 2020/21 takes place on Friday 25th June so students should not attend on this day. 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