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Caring For Your Son

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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  Head of House 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 Subject Teachers 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 be available via our experienced and dedicated team of Inclusion staff based in the Hub.  The Student Leadership Team are also available to support their peers.

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 student buddies (who are our student ambassadors) are central to the development of our robust policies and procedures.
  • We are a "telling school" and all our students have access to our anti-bullying reporting system. Students can report any incident via the "Record it, Report it, Don't Support it" postbox
  • 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.

Tutor Time

The importance of tutor time can never be underestimated, as it provides opportunities to support Literacy, Numeracy and help students develop; spiritually, morally, socially, and culturally (SMSC).  Students also develop work related skills, independent learning skills and this is supported by their Achievement Tutor during Tutor Time and via the RESPECT programme.

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 focused monitoring report called 'Passport to Success."  This could be for insufficient progress or inappropriate behaviour. 

To further support our students we have a dedicated team of staff on hand to listen to students, to mentor, counsel and offer guidance. If necessary referrals can be made to the appropriate intervention teams. and external agencies.

School Nurse

Our school nurse attends Wellacre , one morning per week.  The nurse is available during break time for students to drop by and see them for information and help on:

  • Healthy Body and healthy mind
  • Immunisations
  • Sexual Health 
  • Relationships
  • Bullying 
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Anti-smoking campaign
  • Asthma
  • Diet and Nutrition

Attendance

Wellacre's attendance is 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 annual Awards Evening in the summer term and every week we celebrate and recognise each House 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 fewer good grades (9 - 5) at the end of Year 11.  Just being absent for 5% of the school year, can equate to a student underachieving by a whole GCSE grade in each subject.

Punctuality

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 where a range of breakfast options can be purchased.  All students must be on site by 8:35am, ready to meet their Achievement Tutor and line up as required in their allocated House area of the school.  Tutor time begins at 8.45am.  Any student arriving at school after 8:45am will be issued with a late slip. Students who arrive late to school without a valid reason, on two or more occasions in a week, will serve a detention on the same day after school. Text messages are sent out informing parents/carers if their child is absent or arrive late to school.  Poor punctuality can have legal implications for parents/carers. Students who arrive after 9.45am will be marked as unauthorised late.  Ten sessions of unauthorised absence/late can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) being issued by Trafford Local Authority.

Leave of absence in term time

Education Regulations clearly state that Head Teachers/Principals may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless in exceptional circumstances.  Any parent wanting to take their child out of school, during term time, must 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 absence and a Fixed 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.

Illness

Please make contact with school by 9.00am at the latest, 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 and select the attendance line (Option 1), providing 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 follow-up phone call is then made.  In some cases we may do a home visit or contact Trafford Pupil Absence Team.

Persistent absence

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 Head of House and/or the Vice Principal.  A Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued after 10 sessions of unauthorised absence and/or unauthorised lates. 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.

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 maximum 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  Student Attendance for a helpful guide on our Attendance Expectations.

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