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20/03/20

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

To all our Year 13 students at - we shall miss you. We’ll help you gain the grades that the final 2 months of study would’ve allowed you to achieve. We are here to support you as you think about your next steps.

20/03/20

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

To all our Year 11 students at - we shall miss you. We shall do all we can to help you gain the grades that the final 2 months push would’ve allowed you to achieve. Your learning isn’t wasted.

19/03/20

This will be our last day where the school site is open for the vast majority of students. From Friday morning the school site will be open only to children of key workers, our students with EHCPs and a small number of other students until Monday 20th April at the earliest.

18/03/20

School is open on Thursday and Friday for students in Year 11,12 & 13 plus children of key workers and EHCP students

18/03/20

The school will remain closed for all students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2020

17/03/20

Thank you for making us all smile and well done on all your hard work

17/03/20

Despite difficult times, one thing remains constant and that is the absolute brilliance of our students who have shown resilience, respect, collegiality and most importantly fun over the past five days.

17/03/20

The school will remain closed for all students in year 7 & 8 on Wednesday 18 March.

16/03/20

The school will be closed for all students in year 7 and year 8 on Tuesday 17 March.

16/03/20

Spectator sports are still happening in Dorset! Our last night sees Jack and Tom win a highly competitive fuzz ball championship 🏆 https://t.co/lXNqTt6zAz

16/03/20

Partial closures are now highly likely. Please prepare. The current Government briefing will have major implications for our staffing availability. Please begin to make family plans for the partial closure of the school in the order I outlined in my letter home today.

16/03/20

Next Update:7:30am Tuesday but aiming to be fully open. Partial closures highly likely later in the week

16/03/20

We are fully open today but from tomorrow partial closure is now highly likely.

16/03/20

Our classroom this morning https://t.co/UFU555HIWW

16/03/20

The Beacon School is open as normal.

16/03/20

After a long day of fieldwork our Year 12s have joined forces with the other schools to play a mammoth game of hide and seek in the beautiful 19th Century https://t.co/JULelREy0i

15/03/20

A trip to Dorset wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Stair Hole, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door https://t.co/zd4ssI4aCh

15/03/20

Believe it or not, this morning we are investigating the carbon footprint of trees and our environmental impact https://t.co/tE089IQWY6

14/03/20

It’s 10.30pm and all the students have decided on an individual investigation . https://t.co/xUYqTs0fWl

14/03/20

Testing the model of sand dune succession https://t.co/rp3bFnEpQF

Attendance

The Beacon School recognises the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality in order that students can maximise their potential in school and that they can be well prepared for the demands of adult life.  Ensuring a child’s regular attendance at school is the parent/carer’s legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence in law and may result in prosecution.  The school expects students to be in school every day, barring serious illness or accident.

Mr Thomas has now been replaced as Attendance Officer by Ms Haynes and can be contacted on 01737 359103, Option 1 or alternatively you can email our Attendance Office.

We are currently in the process of putting together a new Attendance and Absence Procedure, however the main changes are detailed below.

Absence procedures

If a child is absent parents/carers must:

  • telephone the school as soon as possible, preferably before 08.00am, on each day of absence, stating the reason for absence.
  • should your child need to attend an appointment, please complete the online Appointment Notification form at least 24 hours in advance and a note should be brought in on the day of the appointment.  Save evidence in the form of appointment cards, prescriptions or referral letters should they be required at a later date. 

Appointment Notification Form

  • Application for Leave of Absence for Exceptional Circumstances form can also be found online via the link below.  Documentation will be required to support your request.

Application for Leave of Absence for Exceptional Circumstance Form

If a child is absent we will:

  • telephone or text parents/carers on the first day of absence if we have not heard from them.
  • discuss strategies for improvement, with parent/carers, before referring the matter to Educational Welfare Officer if the attendance figure falls below acceptable figures.

Safeguarding  

A child may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly.  This will be considered a safeguarding matter.

Holidays taken during term time

The school does not permit holidays to be taken during term time.  Parents/Carers should be aware that the law now enforces the position regarding holidays.  The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which become law on 1st September 2013, states that the Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

In accordance with the above regulations, requests for leave of absence will be treated sympathetically, but only in exceptional circumstances can they be approved. Parents/Carers who take their child out of school for five days or more during term time, without the authority of the Headteacher, will each be liable to receive a penalty notice.  Penalty Notices will be issued by the Local Authority.

Link to Government overview on attendance in school