Attendance, Behaviour and Homework
Regular and punctual attendance of students is both a legal requirement and crucial to a student's success. There is a clear link between a high rate of attendance and high achievement. If students are not in lessons they cannot learn!
90% attendance over five years at secondary school equates to half a school year being missed.
80% attendance over five years at secondary school is the same as one whole school year being missed.
The greater the attendance, the greater the achievement
- 93% attendance gives your child a 73% chance of achieving 5 A*-C grades in their GCSEs.
- Below 90% attendance, gives your child only a 27% chance of achieving 5 A*-C grades in their GCSEs.
If a student is ill
If your child is too unwell to attend please report the absence through the Fullhurst App or contact the college on 0116 282 4326 and select option 2. Please do this by 10am on the first day of absence. A note explaining the absence should be brought in on return to college.
Please attempt to make any appointment to see the dentist, optician and doctor outside of college hours. If this is unavoidable, please ensure that your child attends college before / after the appointment. Medical evidence should be provided for all appointments.
Family holidays in term time
Families are requested to book their holidays to coincide with the college holidays. Holidays in term time will only be authorised for exceptional reasons. Whilst we appreciate the differences in the price of holidays during the school holiday period compared to term time, it is important to note that government guidance clearly states that financial reasons are not ‘exceptional reasons’. If your child has unauthorised leave of absence you may either be issued with a penalty notice of £120 per parent per child (discounted to £60 if paid within 21 days), or your case could be referred by the Local Authority directly to the Magistrates' Court.
Fullhurst Community College aims to produce confident, responsible, well-educated students who can fulfil positive roles in society. We believe that learning takes place in an orderly, purposeful environment.
- Students are expected to act in a sensible, courteous and responsible manner at all times, respecting other people, their property and contributing to a happy, learning environment.
- Students’ language should never be offensive and students should show respect for others by their behaviour.
- Students should present themselves as good representatives of the college at all times.
Rewarding positive behaviour
At Fullhurst we are very proud of the excellent attendance, punctuality, attitudes to learning and achievement of our students. Positive behaviour is consistently acknowledged and celebrated, raising self-esteem and confidence amongst students.
- Positive behaviour is recognised through the awarding of Fullhurst achievement points. Achievement points are awarded to students for good attendance, behaviour, punctuality and excellent work. These achievement points lead to students being awarded our Bronze, Silver and Gold achievement badges which are linked to percentages off the cost of end of term reward trips.
- Positive behaviour is recognised and rewarded in every lesson through direct praise.
- Positive behaviour is communicated to parents and carers through phone calls, text messages, postcards and faculty certificates.
- Rewards trips are run during the course of the academic year.
- At the end of each half term we will celebrate these achievements in assemblies, during which faculty achievement badges will be awarded to students in all year groups.
In order to provide for movement time, warning bells sound 5 minutes before each lesson starts.
If a student is late to a lesson, they will be expected to make up the missed time. If a student is late more than once in a day, they will be set a 30 minute pastoral detention after school.
If a student is late to school they will have a 30 minute pastoral detention after school that day – this will instead be a one-hour extended pastoral detention if they have already been late to school that week
At Fullhurst, our aim is to ensure students learn successfully in a safe environment. If this is affected then staff follow this protocol:
Further detail can be found in the Fullhurst Behaviour Management Policy. Should you have any queries or concerns regarding behaviour, please speak to the relevant Head of Year.
At Fullhurst Community College, we believe homework helps students to both consolidate and re-call learning that they have completed in school and to gain new knowledge and skills.
Homework will help our students build positive habits throughout KS3 (year 7, 8 & 9) and will focus on small / shorter tasks that develop positive routines. improve self-regulation and organisation and build the key skill of independence needed to help them meet the higher demands at KS4 (year 10 & 11)
At Fullhurst Community College, the setting of reading homework is backed by research which supports our key rationale:
The more students read, the more quickly their reading skills improve;
Time spent reading has a greater impact on student achievement than any other activity;
Time spent reading positively impacts student progress in all subjects, including Maths and Science;
When this reading takes place outside of school, the impact on student progress is even bigger.
Reading Homework is set approximately every fortnight (please see the Fullhurst App for full details) for years 7, 8 and 9 in the form of a reading booklet. These contain 6 short texts to read linked to the curriculum, with a summary activity. Students will receive a hard copy and a digital copy will be available on student Sharepoint.
Mathswatch homework is set for years 7, 8 and 9 weekly by the class teacher. Mathswatch is on online platform that provides students with the opportunity to consolidate and secure their learning.
Homework in other subjects at KS3. Tasks will focus on short activities, such as gap filling, labelling and matching and completing charts and tables. During year 9 homework levels will increase as students build towards KS4.
Homework at KS4 will vary and will include revision, reading, research and practical exercises.
Homework will be communicated to parents via the Fullhurst App. This will provide details of what is to be done, hand in arrangements and due date. There may however be times when homework is has to be set outside of the App but the same expectations for completion will be clearly communicated to students.
How Parents and carers can help
Parents can help and encourage their children to get into the habit of completing homework and submitting on time and working and learning independently. For example, at KS3 parents can support by talking about the texts in the reading booklet, at KS4 support might come in the form of helping their children to create a good environment to complete their work.