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Charles Read Academy

We seek to broaden the horizons of each and everyone of our students encouraging academic excellence and transferable life skills enabling all to become effective members of our 21st century society.

Attendance & Progress



Our aims 

1. Students should enjoy learning, experience success and realise their full potential. 

2. To promote excellent attendance; ensuring every student has access to the full-time education to which they are entitled.

3. Act early to address patterns of absence. 


To report a child's absence

Telephone us on 01476 550333 and choose the attendance line (24 hour answering machine) on the first day of absence before 9am. Please state the child's name, tutor group and reason for the absence. An MCAS message can also be sent to report an absence. 

For support with attendance, speak to the child's tutor in the first instance and/or Head of House. 

For more serious concerns regarding attendance, please contact our attendance Welfare Officer, K Coleman, on 01476 550333 or email

Any requests for leave of absence need to be made in writing to and a decision will be made by the Executive Principal, S Jones. 


The Charles Read Academy is committed to ensuring that all its pupils reach their academic potential and recognises this can only be achieved by supporting and promoting excellent school attendance for all.  This is based on the belief that only by attending school regularly and punctually will children and young people be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.  High attainment depends on good attendance. 

The whole school community – pupils, parents and carers, teaching and support staff and school governors have a responsibility for ensuring good school attendance and have important roles to play. Our target at CRA this year is to achieve 94%  

All staff (teaching and support) at Charles Read Academy have a key role to play in supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and will work to provide an environment in which all our pupils are eager to learn, feel valued members of the school community and look forward to coming to school every day.  Staff also have a responsibility to set a good example in matters relating to their own attendance and punctuality. 


CRA will:

  • Form positive relationships with pupils and parents
  • Contribute to a whole school approach which reinforces good school attendance; with good teaching and learning experiences that encourage all pupils to attend and to achieve
  • Comply with the Registration Regulations, England, 2006 and other attendance related legislation
  • Implement systems to report, record and monitor the attendance of all pupils, including those who are educated off-site
  • Analyse attendance data to identify causes and patterns of absence
  • Contribute to the evaluation of school strategies and interventions 
  • Work with other agencies to improve attendance and support pupils and their families
  • Document interventions used to a standard required by the Local Authority should legal proceedings be instigated

CRA requests that Parents will: 

  • Talk to their child about school and what goes on there. Take a positive interest in their child’s work and educational progress
  • Instil the value of education and regular school attendance within the home environment 
  • Encourage their child to look to the future and have aspirations 
  • Contact the school each and every time their child is absent to let them know the reason why and the expected date of return. Follow this up with a note where possible. 
  • Try to avoid unnecessary absences. Wherever possible make appointments for the doctors, dentists etc. outside of school hours 
  • Ask the school for help if their child is experiencing difficulties
  • Inform the school of any change in circumstances that may impact on their child’s attendance 
  • Support the school; take every opportunity to get involved in their child’s education, form a positive relationship with school and acknowledge the importance of children receiving the same messages from both school and home
  • Encourage routine at home, for example, bed times, homework, preparing school bag and uniform the evening before 
  • Not keep their child away from school to go shopping, to help at home or to look after other members of the family 
  • Avoid taking their child on holiday during term-time. Where this is unavoidable, send a written leave request to the Principal in advance of booking the holiday.

We celebrate good attendance throughout our School by; 

  • Attendance figures being communicated through weekly whole school assemblies. 
  • Awarding 100% by a raffle for a free lunch for KS3 and KS4 weekly 
  • Competitions between tutor groups and between houses to have the best attendance through our Houseopoly game 
  • By awarding individual certificates to individual children who have 100% for each term.
  • By awarding academy certificates to individual children who get 100% attendance for the whole academic year (September to July). 
  • Celebrating and rewarding the success of those who have gained the most improved attendance throughout the academic year. 
  • Weekly communication through MCAS congratulating parents and students on their individual and/or form group attendance success. 

Attendance has a very high profile at Charles Read Academy.  Parents are regularly reminded in newsletters and school meetings about the importance of good attendance and its links to attainment. 

Any child who has an attendance percentage below 95% will not be able to attend school trips, events and fixtures until their attendance has improved. Special consideration will be made for students with medical conditions or circumstances that have impacted on their attendance. 

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