Aspiration, Application, Achievement
Statistics show that if a child has an excellent attendance record they achieve better exam grades and are more likely to get the job of their choice.
Parents and teaching staff have a duty and responsibility to encourage pupils to attend regularly in order to achieve their full potential.
Thanks to the continued support of parents, Brynmawr Foundation School achieved the highest attendance rate in Blaenau Gwent for the last academic year. Unfortunately though it has still been necessary for us to issue quite a large number of fines for holidays and non-attendance.
Plese be reminded that:
*Holidays in term-time will not be authorised and that you may be liable for a fine.
*If your child has more than five days of absence in any one term without medical evidence you may receive a fine.
*You should endeavour to make medical appointments out of school time where possible.
*Please call the school before 9.30am whenever your child is absent to provide the reason.
*Attendance is required right up until the end of terms.
Thank you for your continued support and well done to our pupils that have remained in the green Callio band this year, those that achieved 100% attendance and those that have attended school right up until the end of term.
As a parent you can do a great deal to support the regular and punctual attendance of your child including:
Should you have any attendance queries then please do not hesitate to contact one of our attendance team:
Responsibilities include home visits for unauthorised absences, supporting students and closely monitoring and improving whole school attendance. Mrs Copik-Phillips Mrs Copik-Phillips is also responsible for the implementation of the Callio system ( further details of Callio can be found below) Where necessary, Miss Copik issues requests for fixed penalties for holidays taken during term-time.
Mrs Lane works for the local authority and has responsibility for students whose attendance has fallen below 80%. Mrs Lane works with students and families within our school and local primary schools to improve attendance.
If your child will be absent from school you must contact the school on Tel: 310527 before 9.30am on the morning of any absence. Brynmawr Foundation school has ‘Truancy Call’ which is an automated system. If we do not receive a call explaining your child’s absence before 9.30am you will be called by the truancy call system asking for a reason as to why your child is not in school, if we receive no response then the attendance officer may visit your home to ascertain why your child is absent.
Should your child have more than 10 sessions (5 school days) of absence during any term (as a single absence or separate days) then future absence will not be authorised unless a medical letter is received by the school and you may become liable for a Fixed penalty Notice.
We encourage parents to make appointments outside of school hours. Where this is not possible we encourage you to make appointments in the afternoon leaving the school after 12pm will have less impact on their attendance. The appointment card or letter must be shown to reception or the absence will be marked as unauthorised.
Parents should not take children on holiday during term time. Schools can only agree to absence for a family holiday if they believe there are exceptional circumstances which warrant it. You must obtain a holiday request from reception which must be returned prior to any holiday. If your child’s attendance is below 95% in the current or previous academic year then you will be issued a fixed penalty of £60 per parent per child for holidays taken during term time.