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Parents / Attendance

Dear Parents/Carers

Regular attendance is crucial to each child’s educational development and achievement and here, at The Venerable Bede, we recognise our part in assisting parents/carers to meet their legal obligations in this respect.

If your child is unable to attend school because of ill-health or for any other reason, please contact the school attendance officers in the first instance and, upon your child’s return to school, provide a letter of explanation to the form tutor. Our attendance officers, heads of year and form tutors will work with you to ensure that your child’s attendance at school is of the highest possible standard. Where there are repeated attendance issues, parents/carers and students are called before the school attendance panel of the governing body. This panel is run by school governors and is designed to investigate reasons why the student’s attendance is poor and to provide further support. The attendance panel also has the duty of challenging absence where attendance has fallen below regional and national targets; it forms Stage 2 of the local authority’s five stage attendance procedure.

Students who arrive late for school must report to the attendance officer at the main entrance from 8.30am. After these times, students are requested to enter the school building by the main entrance and report to the school office to be registered. Any student who is late to morning or afternoon school will receive an automatic detention. Students, who have to leave school during the school day, must report to he school office to register their exit from the building. Students are issued with a pass by the office staff when they leave the building.

Please see the link to the Attendance Policy. Attendance Policy

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Ofsted Comments

The school is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners
• Behaviour is good...calm and well-ordered
• Students are enthused and want to learn
• Exceptional staff commitment
• Senior Leadership of the highest calibre
• Pioneering work
• Significant investment to develop the quality of teaching
• Teaching is motivational
• Students are making strong gains
• High parental satisfaction
• Students talk with pride...relationships are positive in lessons and around the school
• The atmosphere for learning and for personal and spiritual growth is outstanding
• A purposeful and forward-looking institution capable of further outstanding growth

Recent Inspections

Congratulations to our students, staff, governors and families on two fantastic inspections,

each lasting two days! Ofsted were the first to visit under the New Framework in January this year, closely followed by a SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools). Judged from Good to Outstanding in all categories.:

Most of all, we pride ourselves on being inclusive; a neighbourhood school, open to all. See our new Admissions Policy or simply give us a ring and we’ll show you around.

Mrs. Booth