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19/04/21

Congratulations to 7N, 7S, 8WA, 8N, 9SA, 10EA, 10N and 11WB for having the best attendance in their year groups today!

02/04/21

Calling all maths teachers looking for a new challenge!! We are currently advertising for a Maths Lead Practitioner to join our wonderful team! https://t.co/skEpQc9SZE

02/04/21

We are very pleased that one of our fundamental T&L strategies are helping colleagues at the University of Cambridge! https://t.co/SSapqffvqh

01/04/21

Retweeted From Jo Tanner 💙

It was great to be able to visit - first time this academic year! No doubt that it's been really challenging, for everyone, but as ever, it's great to see and hear the commitment of our teaching and support staff. Now go and enjoy a well-earned break! https://t.co/ogx5w8ukhY

01/04/21

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🧬🦠

OPPORTUNITY!!! We are looking for an in to join team . We are based in Croydon and if you would like to know anything more about the school please do let me know- happy to chat! https://t.co/AUopmu7lI3

29/03/21

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🧬🦠

Thank you so so much to the superb for live streaming in to my year 10 triple classroom today to give a talk about neuroscience and behaviour and the benefits of studying a PhD! loved it- their feedback was great! https://t.co/aY9zErIK6p

28/03/21

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🧬🦠

STUNNING lockdown work from year 11 handed in today. Great to see such hard work through testing times for our students! This really does embody our core value of https://t.co/tbINiBpfbA

28/03/21

Retweeted From SM1/7Jobs

Senior Attendance Officer F/T https://t.co/AELDbzucK1 closes 4th May

28/03/21

Retweeted From Nicola Foster 💙 👩‍🏫👩‍💻

Super proud of our boy 💛 keep being you! https://t.co/qPfKfBdTsX

28/03/21

Retweeted From Esther Brooks

Always pleased to read T&L staff bulletins on a Saturday morning - proud that our team is relentlessly focused on teaching and learning. Thank you for inspiring the Chestnut team with these bulletins! https://t.co/J3MdeohcgM

22/03/21

Retweeted From Researchers in Schools

Dr Davies is our participant this week! Sheona completed her thesis at and teaches at https://t.co/uSwAYKOz5e

20/03/21

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/aY9mjEXIjA

11/03/21

Calling all of Team Meridian we have been nominated!! Let’s get behind our wonderful school! The more nominations the better! It would be great for our parents and carers to help us win this! https://t.co/vyJJj239Dp

07/03/21

Retweeted From Esther Brooks

Looking forward to welcoming back to school from Monday and using the new business and hospitality facilities. The new science mural is almost finished! https://t.co/BYAHOmBWR9

26/02/21

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🧬🦠

ALERT 🚨 **** has arrived! We are looking for an in to join our wonderful team . We are building capacity as more of our students have a passion for a career in science! So if you want to know more please DM me https://t.co/aegVvzklIO

24/02/21

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🧬🦠

Exciting opportunity! Second in charge of maths position available... come and join us on our incredible journey (Please RT) https://t.co/gIEUII1Bkq

20/02/21

So proud of our very own Dr D! Part of our superb teaching team https://t.co/ClwVnatQDu

29/01/21

Retweeted From MrBoycePe

Well-being Friday 10K ✅ https://t.co/ilqBREbZjz

Attendance

The timings of the day and lateness

The school day starts with registration at 8.45am for years 7 and 8. We expect all students in these year groups to arrive at the School by 8.35am and to be at their relevant areas for tutor or assembly by 8.40am.

Any student late after 9.00am will receive an automatic detention after school on the same day.

The school day starts at 9.00am for years 9,10 and 11 with students going straight to their period 1 lesson. We expect all students in these year groups to arrive at school by 8:50am and to be ready to learn in their lessons by 9.00am.

Any student late after 9.15am will receive an automatic detention after school on the same day.

Excellent attendance is important because:

We want all students to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the School. Evidence shows that there is a direct link between attendance and achievement. Students not in school are more at risk of failing to achieve. In addition, they run a greater risk of getting involved in crime or becoming victims of crime.

The law requires that parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school and are on time. This guide will explain clearly what our expectations are regarding attendance and punctuality and how we will deal with any problems or issues to do with your son/daughter in this area.

Attendance and Punctuality

We expect your son/daughter to be in the School every day on time unless:

  • He/She is too ill to attend (Medical evidence required);
  • He/She has a medical appointment that can only be made in School time (Medical evidence required);

Unauthorised Absence

This is where your son/daughter has been absent and the absence has not been explained, or we do not consider the reason for the absence to be acceptable.

Truancy

This occurs when your son/daughter misses school without authorisation or registers for school but does not then attend lessons. We will not accept truancy and we will inform you of any suspected truancy. We will place your son/daughter in a detention, for a single incident of truancy or deliberate lateness to lessons.

Leave of absence in Term Time

If you require your son/daughter to be absent from School for extreme circumstances you will need to request a leave of absence application form from the Attendance Team.
The Headteacher will consider these requests on an individual basis taking into account the student’s attendance record and the circumstances surrounding the request.

What will we do to monitor attendance and punctuality?

  • We will contact you on the first day of absence, at home or work, if you have not previously informed us of the reason why your son/daughter is absent;
  • Send you an absence letter if we have not been able to contact you after 3 days;
  • Send you attendance and punctuality statistics each term as part of our progress reports;
  • Contact you and arrange a meeting to discuss any concerns we have over attendance and persistent issues with punctuality.


Fixed Penalty Notices

  • Any parent who takes their son/daughter on a leave of absence during term time without the correct authorisation will be issued with a fixed penalty notice.  A warning letter will be sent upon application. 
  • Any student with less than 95% attendance or with 5 or more sessions (2.5 days) of unauthorised absence will be sent a warning letter and if no improvement is made then a fixed penalty notice fine will be issued.

Guidance for parents/carers

  • Reinforce our expectations regarding full attendance and excellent punctuality with your son/daughter;
  • Support  staff when we take action over punctuality or truancy, for example, issuing detentions;
  • Let us know of any change in contact details immediately; Contact the School to inform us about any absence, the same day if possible;
  • Ensure that your child completes any work that has been sent home or that he/she catches up with any work that they have missed.

Contacting the School

Please contact us as soon as possible to inform us of any absence the same day.

To report any absence, inform us of any future absence or advise us of changes to contact details, please contact the School and ask to speak to the Attendance Office who will take the necessary details. Any other issues or concerns should be made to your child’s form tutor who will who deal with these in the first instance.

Attendance Policy - currently being reviewed for spring 2021