The school places particular importance on the attendance of students. Students are expected to attend every day and aspire to 100% attendance. The school works closely with students and their parents to support them in achieving this goal. The Pastoral Support Team take responsibility for monitoring attendance and implementing appropriate strategies where it is necessary to improve attendance, including home visits.
Formby High School has an Attendance Panel made up of pastoral staff, a member of the Governing Body and the School Nurse. The panel determines an appropriate course of action to support families of students who are persistently absent.
Excellent attendance is rewarded at Formby High School. Each term, students who have achieved 100% attendance are entered into a prize draw within their year group to win a £10 voucher and all those who have 100% attendance throughout the school year are entered into a draw for prizes such as a TV or HD Kindle Fire with inbuilt camera! Students also receive rewards points for positive achievement in attendance.
The regulations regarding holiday absence changed on 1 September 2013 and the Headteacher no longer has the authority to grant holiday requests in term time. A leave of absence during term time will only be granted to students in exceptional circumstances and approval will be dependent upon a number of factors, including the reason for the request, the stage at which the student is in his/her school career and the number of days absence that the child has had during the current and previous school years.
Any parent wishing to make a request for leave of absence must complete the Leave of Absence Request form (available from the main office at school) and submit to his/her child’s Climate for Learning Leader.