Attendance

Boston Pioneers Academy is committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our children.  We ask for your help in ensuring good attendance and punctuality as this is a key aspect of your child’s success at school.

The school playground is open from 8.30 a.m. each morning so children can arrive before registration at 8.45 a.m.  We also offer a breakfast bar facility from 8:00 am.

If your child is absent parents are requested to ring the school absence line on Boston 353062 and choose Option 1 from the menu.  If your child is absent and we have not received a message you will be contacted by the school to determine the reason for absence.  If no contact is made with the school, please be aware that a home visit may be made by our Education Welfare Officer.

Absence through Illness

If your child is prescribed medicine by the doctor then the following rules apply:

  • Medicine prescribed 3 times per day WILL NOT be given by staff. Parents can give the prescribed dosage morning, after school and bed time.
  • Medicine prescribe 4 times per day WILL be given by a member of the administration staff but parents will need to complete and sign a form giving permission for this to happen.  All such medicines must be handed in by an adult directly to the school office.

Generally we would expect a child to have no more than 48 hours off school if they are given medication from the doctor unless absolutely necessary.  Any child suffering from diarrhoea should also be kept off school for 24 hours.

If your child’s attendance becomes a cause for concern, you may be contacted by the a member of the Federation Educational Welfare Team to discuss this. Can I remind you that if your child attends a medical or dental appointment, please ensure that you provide the Academy with an appointment card, appointment letter or a copy of a prescription in order that such absence can be authorised.  However, every effort should be made to make non-urgent appointments outside of school hours.

Holidays

Government regulations introduced in September 2013 state that pupils should not be taken on holiday during term time.  The law states that parents do not have an automatic right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time. Any absence may now only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. The decision rests with the Executive Headteacher and Federation Educational Welfare Officer.  Should you need to take your child out of school for exceptional circumstances during term time, requests must be made in writing to the Academy at least 4 weeks in advance of the period of proposed absence. Parents should also be aware that unauthorised absence could result in a Fixed Penalty Fine being issued under Section 444(B) of the Education Act 1996.