‘Students have outstanding attitudes to learning,
which is primarily as a result of good teaching and very positive relationships across the whole academy.’ Ofsted
‘Students behave very well, show high levels of cooperation, respect and courtesy and work highly effectively with each other and their teachers. This creates a very positive learning environment.’ Ofsted

The Langley Academy | Attendance Policy

The Academy closes for 70 days of holidays each academic year and we would hope that all parents/carers would take their family holidays whilst the Academy is closed. Any parent wanting to take their child on a leave of absence from the Academy should inform the Principal in the following way:
  • Complete the leave of absence form by clicking this link ‘Leave of absence request form
  • Parent/carer must complete this form and return to the Principal at least 2 weeks prior to the leave request date
  • The Principal will look at each application on an individual basis and inform you by letter of the outcome
Requests will not be accepted unless the ‘leave of absence’ form is completed. Written letters will not be accepted.

The expectation is that students DO NOT take any leave during Term time. If it is an urgent request then please follow the correct procedure.

Any holiday or leave taken without permission will be unauthorised and legal action may be sought from the Local Authority.

Leave of absence is only authorised under very exceptional circumstances.

At The Langley Academy we do not believe that children should be removed from school during term time - losing valuable school time is at the expense of your child's education.

Persistent absence (PA)

From the beginning of the academic year, 2015 to 2016, the government has reduced the persistent absence threshold from 15 per cent to 10 per cent. Therefore, a student is now considered to have persistent absence if their attendance falls below 90%.

This change came about because to have 85% attendance (the previous PA threshold) means a student has to be absent for 56 sessions (28 days) of school. This is a great deal of schooling to miss and, in the government’s opinion, setting the bar too low in this respect.

Half term 1

15%
10 or more sessions

10%
7 or more sessions

Half term 1-2 (Autumn term)

22 or more sessions

14 or more sessions

Half term 1-3

30 or more sessions

20 or more sessions

Half term 1-4 (Autumn and Spring term combined)

38 or more sessions

25 or more sessions

Half term 1-5

46 or more sessions

31 or more sessions

Half term 1-6 (Full academic year)

56or more sessions

38 or more sessions

The DfE and Ofsted continue to have a sharp focus on persistent absence as there is a direct link between persistent absence from school, poor attainment and ‘not in employment, education or training’ (NEET) status.

Slough Borough Council changes to DfEs rules

  • DfE recommendations with regards to the FPN have changed to £120 if fine paid within 28 days.  This is reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days.  There is no longer the lengthy reminder period for payment.  This fine is per parent per child.
  • SBC has reduced the extended leave/unauthorised holiday period to 5 days (10 sessions) unauthorised absence.  If a pupil is absent for 5 or more days of unauthorised ‘G’ the fine will be issued.
  • If a pupil has 10 sessions of unauthorised absence over 12 weeks (previously 20 sessions/12 weeks) the FPN warning can be issued.
  • Referrals to AIO still stand at 20 sessions of absence with the initial contact raising concern to be made by school.

Slough Borough Council leaflet ‘Slough Attendance - a guide for parents’ is available to download here

Please contact Ms Richardson-Blake on 01753 214 475 for further information.

Track your own attendance Attendance calculator for students 2016-17
input your percentage attendance for each week into the pale blue column and watch the other columns update to see how you are doing in relation to the academy target.

Each registration session every day is worth 10% of the week so if you have been here all week then you input 100%, if however you have missed one day from a 5 day week through illness then input 80% etc.

Remember our whole academy target for this year 95.8% but you should be aiming to have 100% or as close to it as possible.

Attendance & Punctuality

Our Academy Attendance target for the year is 95.8%. Students have made a good start to the year and we had 340 students who have been here every day on time since September. Well done to them all.

Number of students with 100% attendance and punctuality

Year 7

84

Year 8

71

Year 9

68

Year 10

47

Year 11

70

TOTAL

340

Attendance & Punctuality
All 340 students were put into a raffle by House to win a voucher (1st Place £20, 2nd Place £15 & 3rd Place £10) and the three winners in each House were announced during their House Awards Assemblies this week. This terms winners are:

Year 7
1st Place – Kai Fitzgerald
2nd Place – Amani Ahmed
3rd Place – Saffron Basra

Year 8
1st Place – Megan Kelly
2nd Place – Roma Bains
3rd Place – Joseph Balleza

Year 9
1st Place – Wiktoria Dlubak
2nd Place – Divya Panwar
3rd Place – Jamie Yau

Year 10
1st Place – Zuzanna Gorska
2nd Place – Ravina Bolina
3rd Place – Tara Mehra

Year 11
1st Place – Oscar Yau
2nd Place – Bethany Anstee
3rd Place – Weronika Wysocka

Each term the House Tutor Group with the most days of 100% attendance gets rewarded £100 to be spent as they choose for example a House Tutor Group party, bowling, pizza in the restaurant, or the money to be split between each student and added to their lunch cards to use in the restaurant. This terms winners are Year 7Globe who had a total of 26 days of 100% attendance!! 7Globe students have chosen to spend their £100 on a pizza feast during house tutor time and donate £50 towards their House charity. Congratulations 7Globe!!!!

Each term the House Tutor Group with the most days of above 95.8% attendance and the House Tutor Group with the most days of 100% punctuality get rewarded with pizza in the restaurant during House Tutor Time on the last Friday of term.
This term’s winner for the most days of attendance above 95.8% was 7 Globe who had a total of 28 days.
This term’s winner for most days of 100% punctuality is 8 Grace who had a total of 28 days of every student being on time to the Academy.