If your child is going to be absent from school, please ring before 9:30am on the first day. You will be able to leave a message stating name, class and reason for absence. If a specific reason has not been left we may call you back. When a child is absent from school and no call has been received, we will call you to find out why your child is not in school.
Please ring the absence line on 01279 866 155 Option 1
For information and guidance when your child is ill, please click on the Childhood Illnesses Information form.
Our school target is 96.5%. If your child's attendance falls below 94% you will be picked up by our Education Welfare Officer and you may be asked to attend a meeting in school.
Each week in assembly we present a trophy to the class with the best attendance. They get to keep the cup in their class for the week.
At the end of each term, children who have achieved attendance of 98% and above are celebrated. Children with 100% are entered into a prize draw.
How Is My Child Doing?
Attendance really does matter and there is a link between good school attendance and high level attainment within children. Whatever the reason, the fact is if your child is absent from school they are missing out on learning time.
There are a fixed number of days in a school year, leaving 188 days to spend on family time, shopping, appointments and other things. Our aim is for all children to achieve 100% attendance.
We have a number of incentives to encourage excellent attendance at Longwood Academy.
Important Reminder Regarding Leave of Absence
Term Time is school time- regulations state that we cannot grant leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and there are exceptional circumstances (this is a leave of absence which we feel would be of unique and significant emotional, educational or spiritual value to the child which outweighs the loss of teaching time).
Holidays during term time are unauthorised by the school. Longwood Academy strictly adheres to Essex County Council's Code of Conduct in taking children out of school during term time. Leave taken without permission of the Head Teacher will be recorded as unauthorised, and you may be liable to a Penalty Notice resulting in a £60 fine per child, per parent. (Rising to £120 if not paid withing 28 days).
How do I let the school know about medical and hospital appointments?
If the appointment really can’t be organised outside of school hours then you’ll need to write a letter to the School Office. The letter should state the date, time and type of appointment e.g. hospital, doctors etc and be accompanied by a copy of the actual appointment letter as well.
How will the school let me know if it’s closed due to snow?
Whilst the school is determined always to stay open, severe weather can mean that it isn’t safe for pupils to be in school. On these occasions the school uses their website, ParentMail and Heart radio to inform parents.
What should I do if my child is unwell and unable to go to school?
If your child is going to be absent from school please ring before 9:30am. You will be able to leave a message stating name, class and reason for absence. When your child is absent and no call has been received, we will call you to find out why your child is not in school. Depending on the amount of time your child has off school we may require medical evidence.
When your child returns to school, send in a letter to explain the absence.