Attendance and Punctuality at St Matthew Academy
Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential at school. St Matthew Academy aim to work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure regular attendance and good punctuality. We seek parents and carers support in ensuring that their children attend school every day and on time. We are pleased to work together with parents and carers in resolving any difficulties and we are committed to improving attendance levels at the Academy.
School starts at 8.40am, all children need to be at the Academy by 8.35am to start the day promptly.
Absence from School
If your child is unable to attend, we expect parents/carers to contact the school by 8.30am on the first day of absence and every day thereafter, giving the reason for absence and where possible, an expected date of return. You can notify the school by either calling the main school number, calling the absence line and leaving a message, texting the school absence text number or emailing the attendance officer.
Absence Line: 0208 853 6252
Text: 07624 880 108
If you have not contacted the Academy and your child is absent, you will receive a personal call/text.
We would also ask that parents/carers either send a note explaining student’s absence or write in their planners for the teachers to see on the day of their return to school.
The Academy will decide if the reason provided for a child’s absence is reasonable and the absence is authorised or unauthorised. Medical evidence may be requested in cases of poor attendance.
Examples of Authorised Absence
· Genuine illness, you will need medical evidence if this in long term
· Unavoidable medical appointment
· Religious Observance
· Death of a close family member
Examples of Unauthorised Absence
· Illness of parent
· Refusing to attend
· Birthdays or anniversaries
· No clean uniform or buying school shoes
Term Time holidays and arrangements for requesting exceptional leave of absence
Holidays must not be taken during the school term. Any leave of absence can only be agreed by the Academy Principal, or designated staff, and only exceptional circumstances will be considered. All applications for leave of absence must be made in writing by letter, email or by using the Application for Leave of Absence Form. Full details of the reasons for absence must be provided.
Download the Application for Leave of Absence From, on the right at the top.
Further details of the Academy Attendance and Punctuality procedures can be found in the Attendance and Punctuality Policy which you can download on the right at the top.