Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
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.