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Caring For Your Son
Care and Guidance at Wellacre
When you are a student at Wellacre Academy we want you to feel safe and happy which is why we have a strong Student Support Team to help and support you throughout all your years at our Academy. You will have a designated Learning Director who, along with your personal Achievement Tutor, will be available for both you and your parents/carers to contact if you have any general worries or concerns. Additionally the Subject Teachers, Pastoral Assistants and the Academy Leadership Team will be there to support and guide you, making sure you achieve the very best in all of your subjects, and that you grow into a confident, happy young person. Further support will come from the rest of the students at Wellacre. Senior students and Student Leaders are all there to help make your time at Wellacre enjoyable.
Respect for one another
• We believe that every member of our community has a positive part to play. Our aim is to create an environment where all members of our community respect themselves and others. We have an Anti-bullying charter signed by all our student body and our trained Anti-bullying Ambassadors are central to the development of our robust policies and procedures.
• We are a "telling school" and all our students have access to "toot toot" an online anti-bullying reporting system - TOOTOOT
• Bullying is extremely rare at Wellacre and it is dealt with quickly and effectively as soon as we are made aware of any incident.
• We want all students to feel valued at Wellacre. It does not matter about gender, ethnicity, physical or mental ability; all we want is for you to do your best, enjoy coming to school, wear our uniform with pride, and be part of our community.
DEAR and Tutor Time
The importance of reading can never be underestimated, as it provides the foundations for every other form of communication, with this in mind, Wellacre follow a programme called “Drop Everything And Read” or DEAR. The sole purpose was to create a reading culture, where the opportunity to simply ‘drop everything and read’ becomes part of everybody’s daily routine.
Intervention and Support
We hope that all students will manage themselves effectively and will not need additional intervention, however, swift action will be taken if any student falls short of our expectations. Students will be placed on a target focussed monitoring report for insufficient progress or inappropriate behaviour. There are different levels of report:
• Monitoring Report – by Achievement Tutor, Mentor, Teaching Assistant, Learning Director, Leadership Team
• Class teacher report
• Leader of Subject/Faculty Report
• Learning Director Report – Stage 1
• Leadership Team Report – Stage 2
• Principal Report – Stage 3
To further support our students we have a dedicated team of staff on hand to listen to students, to mentor, counsel l and offer guidance. If necessary referrals can be made to the appropriate intervention teams.
Our School nurse Mrs. Maureen Tait attends Wellacre every Tuesday. Maureen is available during dinner for students to drop by and see her for information and help on:
•Healthy Body and healthy mind •Immunisations
•Sexual Health •Relationships
•Bullying •Drug and alcohol awareness
•Anti-smoking campaigns •Bedwetting
Wellacre's attendance is well above the national average and has been for the last few years, which we are extremely proud of, and this is thanks to the excellent partnership between home and school. We regularly celebrate and reward students with excellent attendance at our celebration assemblies, at our Key Stage 3 Awards Evening in the summer term and every week we celebrate and award prizes to the year group and tutor group with the best attendance.
All schools have to follow very strict regulations about attendance. Every absence has to be recorded and reported to the Education Authority. Any child with less than 96% attendance is at risk of underachieving. We know that good attendance at school and achieving target grades are linked, for example the more a student is missing from school, they will achieve lower levels in KS3 and fewer A*-C or A*-G grades at the end of Y11. Just being absent for 5% of the school year can equate to a student underachieving by a whole GCSE grade in each subject.
All students must arrive on time and be ready for learning with the correct equipment. Wellacre is open from 8.00am for Breakfast Club in the school canteen and in Learning Support where a range of low cost breakfast options can be purchased. All students must be on site by 8:40am – lessons begin at 8.45am. Any student arriving to school after 8:45am will be issued a late slip. Students who arrive late to school without a valid reason are issued with a 30 minute detention the following day. Text messages are sent out informing parents/carers if their child is late. Poor punctuality can also have legal implications for parents/carers. Students who arrive after 9.15am will be marked as unauthorised late (10 sessions of unauthorised late can result in a Penalty Notice being issued by Trafford Local Authority).
Leave of absence in term time
Education Regulations clearly state that Head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless in exceptional circumstances. Any parent wanting to take their child on a leave of absence from school should inform the Principal in writing. Each application is looked at on an individual basis and you will be informed by letter of the outcome. It is highly unusual to grant leave of absence during term time. Any leave taken without permission will be classed as unauthorised and a Penalty Notice may be issued.
Term dates can be found on the school website and are published 2 years in advance.
Medical & Dental Appointments
Every effort should be made to arrange medical appointments outside of the school day. We do recognise that this is not always possible. If your child needs to attend a medical appointment within the school day, they must bring the appointment card to the School Reception. All students leaving or arriving at school during the day must sign in/out at reception. Taking a full day of absence for an appointment is not normally necessary and we expect students to be in school either before or after the appointment.
Please make contact with school by 9.00am on the first day of absence if your child is unable to attend due to illness and on each subsequent day of absence. This should be done by telephoning the school on 0161 748 5011 giving your name, your child's name, tutor group and reason for absence.
Please encourage your child to attend school for minor ailments like a sore throat or a headache. If your child has more than three days of consecutive absence we will require medical evidence to authorise the absence. Medical evidence can be in the form of a medical appointment card, a medical letter, a copy of your child's prescription, medication with a chemist's label showing the name and the date or an "unfit for school" declaration or letter from your GP in the case of acute or prolonged illness. A text message is sent to every parent whose child has an 'unexplained absence' each morning asking them to contact school; if there is no contact a phone call is then made. In some cases we may do a home visit.
Persistent absence is defined as:
- Any child who has 3 days absence or 6 sessions* in a 30 day period
- Any child who has below 90% attendance
(*session equivalent of a half day in school)
If our efforts have had little or no impact on improving your son's attendance / punctuality, parents/carers will be asked to attend a meeting with their son's Learning Director, the Assistant Principal or the Local Authority Educational Welfare Officer. A Penalty Notice can be issued after 10 sessions of unauthorised absence and/or unauthorised late. Parents/carers have both a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that their children attend school regularly and on time. Failure to do this may result in parents/carers being prosecuted under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996.
We hope that you find the information here useful in helping you to understand why school attendance and punctuality are so important for your child and thank you for your continued support.
Supporting your child, by encouraging full attendance at school, will help give them the best possible start in life. We know that poor attendance only affects a very small percentage of Wellacre students and as a team we continue to do all we can to ensure full attendance at school. If you would like any further advice or guidance on attendance issues please do not hesitate to contact us.
For further information, please click here for a helpful guide on Our Attendance Expectations.