Term dates and attendance
Ark Helenswood follows the term calendar set by East Sussex County Council and this dictates holiday dates and lengths as well as term periods.
The school is closed for all public and bank holidays within the year. There are additional inset days when the school will be closed. The dates of these days are at the discretion of the school, so can differ between different schools.
Inset Days 2016-2017
Ark Helenswood Academy will be closed to students for staff training on the following dates:
- Monday 31st October 2016
- Friday 9th December 2016
- Thursday 5th January 2017
- Friday 6th January 2017
- Monday 20th February 2017
- Friday 17th March 2017
- Tuesday 18th April 2017
- Friday 7th July 2017
Student Attendance at Ark Helenswood Academy
Ark Helenswood Academy encourages students to aim for 100% attendance all year, with 96% being the minimum requirement for all students. Students are expected to attend the academy every day unless they are prevented by illness. Parents/carers should telephone the school attendance line before 09.30 on each day of their daughter’s absence, with the reason for absence and, if possible, an idea of when the daughter is likely to return to school. When your daughter returns to school please provide a note giving the reason for absence: this should be taken to the school office.
Attendance telephone line: 01424 757986
Student Absence During Term Time
There is no automatic right to take your child out of school during term time. From 1st September 2013, government legislation no longer allows head teachers to authorise requests for leave for children to be taken out of school unless there are considered to be exceptional circumstances.
In determining whether or not an absence in such circumstances can be authorised, it is for the Principal to determine the number of days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. If the absence requested is not considered to be an exceptional circumstance, and you nevertheless take your child out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised in line with County Council guidance.
Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning. You may consider some absences to be educational but your daughter will still miss out on the teaching that their classmates will receive. Students returning from an absence are unprepared for the lessons which build on the teaching they have missed. Teachers then have to give more time to help individual student catch up on missed work. This poses a potential risk of the under achievement of other students in the class. This is something we all have a responsibility to avoid.