Bishop Heber recognises the link between attendance, academic qualifications gained, choices in life and success in the future. We aim to ensure the highest levels of attendance and punctuality, in order that all students at Heber can take full advantage of the education provided to achieve their full potential. Irregular attendance undermines these opportunities and may place students at risk.
Students are expected to attend Bishop Heber for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is good and approved reason for the absence.
Registers provide the daily record of attendance of all students. They are legal documents that have to be marked twice daily. The register may be required in a Court of Law, for example as evidence in prosecutions for non-attendance at Bishop Heber. The register should be marked using the codes as advised by the DfE. One school day is marked as two sessions – morning and afternoon. Bishop Heber will follow the Cheshire West and Chester Council School Attendance Guidance (Appendix E).
At Bishop Heber, the attendance register is taken at the start of the morning session of each school day (9.00 a.m. to 9.10 a.m.) and again at the end of the afternoon session (end of day 3.20 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.). On each occasion the School must record whether every student is present, attending an approved educational activity, absent or unable to attend due to other exceptional circumstances.