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Harris Academy Sutton regards attendance as a key factor in supporting students to maximise their potential. Students are expected to arrive at lessons in good time for their learning. Doing so helps to embed the independent organisational skills that are so important later in life.
The Academy gates open at 8.15am and students should not arrive before this time. Our lessons begin at 8.30am, and we suggest student arrive for 8.20am at the latest to allow for hand washing and to move to their first classroom. Students that arrive after 8.30am will receive a punctuality mark and an appropriate sanction.
There is clear evidence that poor levels of attendance and punctuality have a negative impact on student achievement:
Parents and carers are requested to notify the school of any absence for every day of their child’s absence. We ask that you fill in the absence reporting form below.
Our school’s attendance officer will decide whether the absence is authorised or not. In the case of parents not notifying the school of any absence we will make contact to find out why your child is not in school.
If you wish to request a special leave of absence, for example to attend a funeral, you will need to fill in an absence request form below. The final decision whether to approve will be made by the principal.
Harris Academy Sutton does not authorise any holidays taken during term time.
We regularly reward high student attendance in support of our aim to reach our Academy target of 98%.