Attendance / Punctuality

Make your time in school count!

Attending school every day = 100%

Attending 4½ days a week = 90% attendance = 4 weeks missed per year

Attending 4 days a week = 80% attendance = more than half a term missed per year or 2 full years missed over the course of their school career.

Attending 3½ days each week = 70% attendance = more than a quarter of the school year missed.

An average attendance of 80% or less across a child’s school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school

The times of the Academy are as follows:
Registration/Assembly 8:40 - 9:05
Period 1 9:05 - 10:05
Period 2 10:05  - 11:05
Break 11:05 - 11:20
Period 3 11:20 - 12:20
Lunch KS3 12:20 - 1:00
Period 4 KS4/5 12:20 - 1:20
Lunch KS4/5 1:20 - 2:00
Period 4 KS3 1:00 - 2:00
Period 5 2:00 - 3:00

Attendance has a very high profile at the Open Academy. We expect all students to achieve a minimum of 98% attendance per academic year and we count on parents to support us in our aims.  Research shows that failing to attend school regularly can have a major impact on a young person’s education, their future and their life chances. Data shows a strong correlation between good attendance and a young person’s attainment. Statistical evidence shows that young people who are absent from school are more likely to be unemployed after leaving school.


Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management.
Students should make sure they are in school no later than 8:35a.m to ensure they arrive to tutor on time. Any student who is late to tutor is required to sign in at reception and give the reason for being late. A late mark will be entered on the register. This may result in a detention with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

If a student arrives after 8:40am, they must sign in. A late mark will be entered into the register. They will need a note explaining the reason for the late arrival. After this time, students must sign in the late book in Reception.

Punctuality also has a very high profile at the Open Academy. Research shows that those students who have good punctuality are better prepared for their day and are higher achievers. It helps the student to identify the importance of education and develops a sense of responsibility for him/her and towards others. Punctuality at the Academy sets the standard students will need to maintain throughout their working lives.

Signing In an Out
It is a legal requirement that we know who is in the Academy building at all times.
Students must make sure that they sign in each time they are late to school then sign out each time they leave the building throughout the day.

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