College Attendance & Punctuality
At Vega College, we believe excellent attendance and punctuality are vital in helping our students achieve their best. Students should be at college, on time and ready to learn, every day they are timetabled to attend, unless the reason for absence is unavoidable. All research shows that students who attend well achieve well.
College begins at 9:30am with the compulsory college day ending at 2:20pm for students.
We expect the following from parents with regards to attendance and punctuality:
Parents can expect the following from Vega College:
The government has laid down guidelines which they expect students in secondary schools to achieve in terms of attendance. Although we strive for every student to have 100% attendance, government guidelines state that all students should achieve a minimum of 96.1% attendance each academic year.
We do acknowledge that there are however certain instances where this may not be possible due to illness etc. Whilst some absences may be unavoidable, we would ask that you support us in ensuring your child’s attendance meets both the school and the government’s expectations. Any problems with regular attendance are best sorted out by school and college with the students/parents at an early stage.
We will closely monitor your child’s attendance and alert you if we feel there is an issue. Where attendance is an issue, school and college undertakes a wide range of measures to support children and families. Where we fail to see an improvement in attendance, it may be necessary to make a referral to an appropriate external agency to ensure the student receives the support required to bring about an improvement.
Attendance & Admissions Policies
Please see the statutory information page for the policies or visit the DMBC website.
Holidays during Term Time
As a parent/carer you are strongly urged to avoid taking your child out of school during term time. Please note the following before applying for leave of absence from school:
From September 2013 the Department of Education announced an amendment to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, removing the Head Teacher’s ability to authorise leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday unless there are exceptional circumstances.
If you believe that there are exceptional circumstances that warrant the need to take your child out of school during term time, please complete the 'Leave of Absence' form which is available from the mainstream school office. Return your completed form to their mainstream school, providing at least 10 school days notice, where circumstances allow. A letter will be sent to parent/carers in response to the application for leave, to confirm the school's decision.