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22/11/17

Yesterday we had 100 Year 9 students attend a STEM workshop at school in conjunction with the RAF and EDT. The event was held to help students develop their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills and to compete in problem solving challenges. https://t.co/LIa6nd3dXG

22/11/17

Black Friday Promotion from our uniform supplier https://t.co/0WpXFMf5uV

22/11/17

Instrumental tuition rebooking forms will be handed out this week. Deadline for payment is 8th December 2017. If anybody wishes to take up an instrument, please see Miss Sees the week beginning the 11th December 2017 for a letter.

21/11/17

Well done to all the Year 9s who attended our Belong, Believe, Become Assembly this morning. We hope you gained a real insight into the many opportunities and paths available to you when you leave school. Remember - Aim high! The future you see is the person you will be. https://t.co/jXjawNtFOA

21/11/17

Reminder: Year 10 Belong, Believe, Become Assembly at 8am tomorrow 22nd November. Please encourage your child to attend. The topic is life after school and the importance of aiming high!

21/11/17

These year 8 students cooked bread rolls or Pizza, with home made passata sauce. Delicious!! https://t.co/Ks5ZKjRUsn

20/11/17

Tickets for Rocky Monster Show on December 7th are now on sale via Parentpay. Tickets are priced at £2.50 each and sold on a first come first serve basis!! https://t.co/ISNAwozylw

20/11/17

Reminder: Year 9 Belong, Believe, Become Assembly at 8am tomorrow 21st November. Please encourage your child to attend. We had a great turn out last week for the Year 7 and 8 assemblies. The topic is life after school and the importance of aiming high!

17/11/17

COLLECTION OF GCSE ARTWORK 2016/17 - Students and parents will be able to collect GCSE Art work on TUESDAY 28/11/17 3.30-6pm.

17/11/17

GCSE Mock Timetable https://t.co/kaChgXWFPZ

16/11/17

Fantastic turnout for the first Year 7 CPR training run by our Health Officer Mrs Baker last week. Great to see our students learning key life skills at such an early age. https://t.co/rFjtLd6WYK

16/11/17

Year 7 and 8s attended a voluntary assembly on 'life after school' this week. Thank you to all those who attended- a fantastic turnout, we hope you learnt lots about your future options and the importance of aiming high! https://t.co/VsWIaORHaP

16/11/17

Tickets for Rocky Monster Show on December 7th will be on sale (via Parentpay) from 20th November 2017. Tickets will be priced at £2.50 each and sold on a first come first serve basis!! https://t.co/JCBovNVrYz

16/11/17

Work is underway by our fantastic students, painting the set for our school production 'Rocky Monster Show'. More help is needed to complete it, if students are interested they should see Mrs Hitchens or Miss Fagan. https://t.co/hN91eYMbRP

13/11/17

Remembrance Day 2017 https://t.co/itqOjdW7lB https://t.co/6Uao1j5sFz

13/11/17

Tickets for Rocky Monster Show on December 7th will be on sale (via Parentpay) from 20th November 2017. Tickets will be priced at £2.50 each and sold on a first come first serve basis!! https://t.co/tYgNA6X0P3

13/11/17

Year 10 Harris Experience STEM afternoon at Imperial College London on the 8th November. A day full of engaging seminars https://t.co/Zybyp5UOhH

13/11/17

Stubbers Adventure Centre are holding a series of Smash Camps adventure weekends during December where children can spend the day keeping active with our Christmas themed activities https://t.co/ey6AJjBEJF

13/11/17

Year 7 students are expected in school tomorrow (14th November) at 8am for a Belong, Believe, Become Assembly which will be held in the main hall. https://t.co/qTZUz81Ya8

10/11/17

Deadline to hand in Year 10 Work Experience own placement forms is Friday 17th November. https://t.co/KMQdDuRpOT

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Attendance & Punctuality

To report an absence please send an e-mail to

Attendance@harrisrainham.org.uk

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If you are a parent of (or are responsible for) a child between 5 and 16 who is registered at school, this explains how you can best meet your responsibilities for making sure s/he attends school regularly.

 


 

Why must my child go to school regularly?

Having a good education will help you to give your child the best possible start in life.  If your child does not attend school regularly, s/he will not be able to keep up with the work.

Employers will want to be sure that the people they are thinking of taking on are reliable.  Children who have attended their school regularly, have a better chance of getting and keeping a good job.  Young people who are off school for no good reason are at risk of becoming victims of crime or abuse.  They may also be drawn into anti-social or criminal behavior.

 


 

What does the law say?

By law all children between the ages of 5 and 16 must receive full time education, from the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday to the last Friday in June of the academic year in which s/he reaches their 16th birthday.  During that time, the school must give permission for your child to be absent.

 


 

What can I do to help my child and the school?

  • Make sure your child goes to school daily, arrives on time and attends all lessons.
  • If your child is ill, contact the school on the first day of illness.  This should be followed up on their return with a letter stating the reason for absence and dates affected.
  • If you want permission for your child to miss school for any reason then you should ask for permission well in advance and give full details.
  • Take an interest in your child’s school work.
  • If your child starts missing school, work with the school to put things right.  Make sure s/he understands that you do not approve of him/her missing school.
  • Try to book non-urgent doctor/dental appointments out of school time.
  • Take holidays out of school time.
  • Support the school in its efforts to control bad behavior.

 


 

Family holidays during term time

You are strongly urged to avoid booking a family holiday during term time.  Parents do not have a right or entitlement to take their child out of school for such a holiday.

Holidays during term time are only authorised in exceptional circumstances and any application must be made in advance and supported by evidence.  If the absence is not authorised it can be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice (currently £60 per parent per child—raised to £120 if not paid within 21 days).

 


 

Local Education Authority (LA)

The LA is responsible, by law, for making sure the registered students of compulsory school age attend their school regularly.

 


 

What is an Education Welfare Officer (EWO)?

An Education Welfare Officer works with schools to monitor attendance and to help parents meet their responsibilities.  One EWO works closely with Harris Academy Rainham. If your child is not attending school regularly or is frequently late the EWO may meet with you or visit you to discuss ways to help.

 


 

Absence from school

All absence from school has a potential detrimental effect on your child’s academic progress because of missed teaching and learning and sometimes on his/her social relationships..  This is particularly noticeable when holidays are taken at the beginning of a new year or term.  The introduction to new work is missed putting the absent child at a clear disadvantage.  In addition, whilst the rest of the class or group are settling in and forming new relationships, an absent child usually takes longer to catch up and settle as part of the class team when s/he does return to school.  These problems are further increased if your child already experiences learning or social difficulties.

 


 

What if I’m concerned about my child’s attendance?

If you are concerned or anxious about where you child is you can contact the school to check if they have arrived.  If you continue to have concerns then please contact Mrs Ramadan, Attendance Officer on ext. 102