Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
Research shows that, unsurprisingly, there is a strong link between regular attendance and achievement.
Therefore we request that parents keep absences to a minimum. We are looking for all children to aim to have 95% + attendance. Please remember that each day counts as two sessions, as children are registered at the beginning of the school day and after lunch.
Attendance is celebrated every week in our Achievement Assembly and the highest class attendance is rewarded with an incentive.
Please note that under current legislation only the school may authorise an absence. Please let us know in person, or by telephone call or note why your child is absent, so that we can authorise the absence. If a child does not arrive at school and we have not heard from you, we will contact you to ascertain your child’s whereabouts. Please refer to the section on illness for further details.
We request parents to plan holidays so that, wherever possible, they fall within school holiday time to ensure that children do not miss school, especially during the Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 SATS in May. However, a form is available from the school office for a planned absence due to an annual holiday of up to two weeks, if the holiday cannot be taken at any other time. This form must be signed by the Headteacher, however no holidays taken in term time will be authorised.
If in any doubt about attendance, please see our ‘Attendance Matters’ brochure, which follows the same requests and regulations as other cluster schools. If a pupil’s attendance is causing concern and has fallen below 92% or there has been a sudden decline or they are persistently late we now have a Cluster Attendance Improvement Officer who may be requested to follow up on a referral made from school.
The school Governing Body is also responsible for monitoring attendance. Serious issues will be passed on to the Local Authority and fines may be incurred by parents of children who are not attending school on a regular basis.