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Expectations

Uniform Routine
The Dorcan Academy has very high expectations around our standards of uniform. However, we recognise that, from time to time, your child may not be in School dressed in full school uniform. Where there is no reason for this, your child will be set a detention for being out of uniform. However, if there is a valid reason, you will need to communicate this to the School through the Link Book, in person or via email. We will need to know the items that are non-uniform as well as a date when a replacement is expected to be in place. In severe cases where a child persistently refuses to follow the uniform policy, they will be excluded from lessons and where the clothing is inappropriate, sent home to change. Keeping the lines of communication open around this issue is always a big help. If there are ever any issues which prevent replacement, please contact your child’s Tutor or Head of House as soon as possible.

Attendance

As you are aware, in September 2013 the Government introduced new guidelines for student attendance at school.  We are in agreement that regular attendance at school is of vital importance to students’ learning and progress at all levels and ages.

Below is a reminder of the guidelines for student absence. Requests for absence during term time will not be authorised unless in ‘exceptional circumstances’ as deemed by the Head Teacher, this being in line with the revised government guidelines; for example, cost, employment, extended family illnesses and any birthday surprises are not deemed as exceptional circumstances. If a child is absent from school when the time off has not been authorised, the absence is likely to be referred to the Legal Officer and could be subject to a fixed penalty notice being issued.

Since the introduction of these new guidelines we have seen an overall improvement in student attendance so we are writing to all families to thank you for working together with us to ensure that children attend school, giving them every opportunity to reach their full potential.  We hope we can continue this work together.

Rewards

Rewards can be given for many reasons:

  • Homework ( Coursework KS4)
  • Outstanding Work
  • Sustained Effort
  • Test / End of Module Result
  • Representing teams
  • Involvement in performances
  • Helping out at school events
  • Positively following School Expectations

These rewards can be any of the following…

  • Letters home congratulating achievement and effort
  • Messages on Vivo about the amount of points recorded.
  • Good News postcards
  • Certificates for reaching Vivo Benchmarks eg. 100, 200 etc.
  • Rewards for the class with the best attitude and effort,  this can be a class meal, a class movie.
  • End of Year Trip for 50 students with the most Vivos (Year 7 – 10).  Partly subsidised by school