Attendance

Attendance at college is vital if a student is to be successful on their programme.

Maintaining positive attendance is even more crucial during current events and the change to normal College studies due to lockdown and Covid-19.

All students are expected to attend all timetabled/remote sessions (including tutorials and enrichment), which are part of their programme.

If your son/daughter is unable to attend college, they/you must contact us first (as early as possible from around 8.30am on the day of absence) to inform us that they will be absent for that day.

Please use our College telephone number: 01925 624450/633591 and/or email student.absence@priestley.ac.uk

Parents/carers will receive a text/email each time an unauthorised absence has been recorded on College registers to keep you informed.  If a student’s attendance continued to be unsatisfactory, they will be placed on the Cause for Concern Procedure.

In a year the number of days on average your son/ daughter will attend college is 190 days.

Throughout the year the college gives rewards for excellent attendance

Attendance over college week

If you had:

1 day off in a week – 80%

2 days off in a week – 60%

3 days off in a week – 40%

Attendance over a college year

98% attendance = almost 4 days missed across the year

95% attendance = almost 10 days missed across the year

90% attendance = 19 days missed across the year

85% attendance = almost 29 days missed across the year

80% attendance = 38 days missed across the year

STUDENT ABSENCE PROCEDURES

Attendance at lessons is the single most important factor in your achievement. Your son/daughter has enrolled to undertake an agreed programme of study and 100% attendance is expected. Research shows that a 4% drop in overall attendance, results in the loss of a grade in 1 subject and a 10% drop in overall attendance results in your grades dropping by one grade across your whole programme. Students are expected to attend every lesson punctually. Lateness is disruptive and persistent lateness will result in disciplinary sanctions following the Cause for Concern Procedure. Students attendance records are updated on a daily basis on the college Portal system. If students do not adhere to the attendance requirements and procedures of the college they will become subject to the College’s Support and Cause for Concern Procedures. Additional sanctions may

also be applied and include being required to bear the cost of course examination fees, attending catch up sessions or being withdrawn from the course.

Bursary payments may also be withheld. Progression to further years of study also depends upon their attendance record being good. Reporting Absences should a student be too unwell to attend College, it is expected that college will be notified on the day and all subsequent days by their parent /carer notifying college by telephone.

Please note that if a student as part of their course is on work placement and they are unable to attend their placement then the student must notify the work placement via the work placement’s absence procedures and also inform the colleges Industry placement Coordinator-Pam Gardner at p.gardner@ priestley.ac.uk . For safeguarding purposes, the student’s parent/carer must also notify College of their absence from work placement via telephone.

College Student Absence Telephone Number: 01925 624450/633591 as early as possible i.e. 8.30am to inform us your son/daughter will be absent, or you/ they can email – student.absence@priestley.ac.uk

Lateness Procedure: students must attend all lessons punctually. If they know that they are going to be late they/you must inform the college. If they arrive late they must go straight to their lesson. Your son/daughter is responsible for getting their absence mark changed to a late mark by reminding their tutor at the end of the lesson.

Authorised Absences: Some absences may be classified as authorised and in these cases students will be marked as ‘authorised’ on college attendance records. They must gain approval of known absences in ADVANCE. These will ONLY be approved if the reason for absence is unavoidable and the evidence has been presented to Student Services, prior to the date of the absence. In such cases an Absence Form must be completed-these can be collected from Senior Tutors office P1.5.

Authorised Absences:

  1. University open days.
  2. University Interviews and other final career choice interviews.
  3. Hospital / orthodontist appointments/ serious illness supported by a doctor’s note.
  4. Practical driving test.
  5. Bereavement/funeral.
  6. Religious holidays. Unauthorised Absences: Sickness Absence Sickness absence will be recorded as Unauthorised. Routine doctors’ and dental appointments will also be recorded as unauthorised. Holidays in College Term Time Holidays in term-time will NOT be approved by the College and will be recorded as Unauthorised. Holidays taken during term time may result in disciplinary sanctions and may contribute to progression decisions. * Medical and dental appointments will NOT be authorised. ** Driving lessons will NOT be authorised. *** Driving theory tests will NOT be authorised.
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