Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance and Punctuality is treated as a priority by all associated with The Heath School—a high level of attendance and punctuality supports and promotes effective learning.
Excellent attendance is essential to a child’s success during their time at The Heath and will help them to get the most out of their time at school. It is also a statutory regulation, parents must make sure that their children attend school regularly and the Local Education Authority has the legal right to prosecute parents who do not ensure that their children attend school.
The Heath operates a '1st day absence' response, and Day 3 follow up, which ensures a parent is alerted if their son/daughter fails to attend school. Whenever possible the school contacts the parent by phone during the day—if not a letter is automatically sent.
Good punctuality should be encouraged by all. Students who arrive late to school on 2 occasions within a week will be placed on 1/2 hr detention after school on Thursdays.
We celebrate and reward the successes of children who have a good attendance and punctuality record and set targets for our students to improve, we also work in partnership with parents and carers to provide them with information about their child’s attendance.
Should a parent have concerns about their son/daughter’s attendance or punctuality, they should, in the first instance, contact the Assistant Progress Coordinator of their son/daughter’s year group – or contact their Form Tutor.
Centre for Student Intervention –CSI
The inclusion Quality Mark is one of our proudest achievements. Our Centre for Student Intervention (CSI) has a team of specialists who work with students to remove barriers to learning. The very inclusive nature of the school is demonstrated by the excellent outcomes for all groups of students.
The Centre for Student Intervention focuses on support for the following areas:
- Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Students in need of emotional support
- Students in need of behavioural intervention and support
- Students in need of support for their learning
We are also very lucky to have two dedicated student counsellors who support the work of the CSI.
The CSI works closely with the pastoral teams to support students with behavioural needs. The CSI provides an area where students can be removed from lessons should their behaviour or conduct require it. Staff based in this area work closely with individual or groups of students providing intervention and support for behaviour.
Home School Agreement
Our School Mission Statement: ‘A centre of excellence where everyone has an aspiration to learn, progress and achieve. A cooperative, innovative, inclusive and dynamic community with a clear sense of purpose and pride in promoting personalised learning for all’.
The school's ethos is at the core of the home school agreement. Parents and carers are required to sign this agreement when their child joins the school as a commitment to collaborating with the school to ensure that student development and progress are its prime focus. This is also a commitment of parents and carers support of the school’s policies and guidelines for behaviour and sanctions.
The use of mobile phones and other similar devices is not allowed at The Heath – however, it is understood that some students may carry them so that they can contact home after school. In this case the phone must be switched off throughout the school day including break and lunch time and kept out of sight at all times. If parents wish to contact their child during the day then they should phone school and a message will be passed to their child.
If a phone is seen or heard it will be confiscated. The device will be recorded and stored securely in school before being returned on Friday afternoon at 3.10 pm. If a phone is confiscated on a Friday, it will be returned on the following Friday.
This protocol has become necessary due to problems arising from widespread use of mobile phones in schools throughout the country. These have included the spreading of illegally taken images, illegal videoing and cyber-bullying. These can cause great distress in addition to the obvious interruption to teaching and learning.