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Pastoral Care

Key Pastoral Contacts

NameJob RoleEmail
Mrs L BettyDeputy Headteacher (DSL)
Mr B DrakeChild Protection Officer (Deputy DSL)
Mrs S MundayFamily Support
Miss G WilbandYear 7 Progress
Mr R BowbanksYear 8 Progress Leader (Temp)
Mrs H CatonYear 9 Progress
Mr C FlynnYear 10 Progress
Mr R BowbanksYear 11 Progress
Mr L WalkerHead of Sixth

Key Information

The Importance of Regular Attendance and Punctuality at School

Regular and punctual attendance at school is both a legal requirement and essential for students to maximise their educational opportunities. I would like to thank parents and carers for their efforts in helping the Academy to maintain our high standards in respect of both attendance and punctuality.

It is a parent’s legal responsibility to ensure that their child attends school regularly and, ideally, every student should aim for 100% attendance at school. The Department for Education sets a target for school attendance, which is that all school students should attend school for at least 95% of each academic year. The QEGS expectation is at least 96% and we will look to support students who fall below this target.

For safeguarding reasons primarily, it is of vital importance that students are at school and on time. Furthermore, any absence from school disrupts the education of a student. Young people not attending school regularly and punctually:-

  • Do not achieve their best possible academic outcomes
  • Do not engage with the full range of educational opportunities available to them
  • Compromise their future educational and employment opportunities
  • Find it difficult to maintain friendships

The attached “Lost Learning” information sheet clearly illustrates the impact of days missed from school. Although 96% attendance might sound high, in fact this equates to a student being absent for almost 2 school weeks (49 lessons missed). Students whose attendance falls below 96% are considered to be below the expected QEGS standard and those that fall below 90% are categorised by the Department for Education as persistently absent.

Absence from school can only be authorised by the Headteacher within the boundaries set by the Department for Education (Pupil Registration, England, Amendment) regulations (Sept 2013). All unauthorised absence taken in term time will be referred to Derbyshire County Council with the request that a Penalty Notice is issued. Please see the attached statement from Derbyshire County Council with regard to the issue of penalty notices.

School starts at 8.50am and the register is taken at this time. Students arriving at school after this time must report to Student Services, where their name and reason for lateness will be recorded. If a student receives three late marks or is more than 20 minutes late, without good reason, they will serve a lunchtime detention. If students receive three lunchtime detentions, miss their lunchtime detention or are more than 40 minutes late, parents and carers will be contacted and they will serve an after-school detention.

If your child is unwell at home and unable to attend school because of illness, then you must phone school to report the absence, before 9.00am. To do this simply phone 01335 343 685 and press 1 to speak to Student Services. If the period of absence is greater than 3 school days you must complete a reason for absence form. This will be given to students, by their Form Tutor, on their return to school as part of their reintegration process, and should be returned promptly back to their tutor. Provided that the reason for absence falls within the regulations set down by the Department for Education, the absence will be recorded as ‘authorised’. Absence that falls outside these regulations, or is not supported by the return of the reason for absence form, is deemed to be ‘unauthorised’ and will be recorded as such.

We request that all medical/dental appointments are sought out of school hours where possible, so as not to impact on attendance and learning. However, if your child has an appointment during the school day they should bring a copy of their appointment letter (if applicable) and/or a letter from home explaining the need to leave school early that day. Your child will need to have this letter signed by their Progress Leader and take it to Student Services to sign out at the agreed time.

Students whose attendance or punctuality gives cause for concern will be supported by the Academy to help them improve. If no improvement is evident, students will be referred to Education Welfare Services at Derbyshire County Council, which may result in you being served with a Penalty Notice or a summons to court.

Given the importance of students attending school regularly and on time, all QEGS Rewards trips/events have the attendance criteria of 96% and the punctuality criteria of no more than 3 late marks, which students must achieve in order to participate in any rewards events.

If you would like to discuss your child’s attendance and punctuality data, then please contact their Form Tutor in the first instance.

Whilst we appreciate that students’ attendance and punctuality may, on occasion, be affected by periods of ill health or other mitigating circumstances, we ask that you continue to ensure that your child attends school in line with the targets set for school attendance and punctuality.

The Takeaway Theatre Company- Anti-Bullying Presentation – HOPE

On Wednesday 1st November all year 7 students attended an anti-bullying presentation by The Takeaway Theatre Company – “Hope”.
Hope is a drama specially commissioned by The Takeaway Theatre Company.  Both powerful and entertaining it tells the story of three young people whose lives are affected by bullying.

The objective of the project was to explore Emotional and Social Health issues of Relationships, Decision-making and Friendship by promoting good behaviour and respect for others.

After the performance the actors led a participatory workshop exploring the various issues that had arisen from the play.  Pupils were encouraged to examine the actions of the characters and how they could have made better choices.  The workshop consisted of various forum theatre activities helping the pupils to identify different forms of bullying and how to combat it.

After the performance some of the students completed a short survey.  The feedback was very positive with all the students surveyed saying they enjoyed the presentation, they found it very funny but also understood the implications of bullying.

National AntiBullying Week

QEGS Student Voice:

“It sent a powerful message and some of it was funny”
“It was funny but serious at times”
“I enjoyed it because it was easy to follow and it was well played”
“I learned that people bully you because they’re jealous or they have problems of their own”

Anti-Bullying Presentation – by Robert Higgs

On Monday 13th March all students in Years 7-10 had the opportunity to attend an anti-bullying presentation delivered by Robert Higgs who has a national reputation for his anti-bullying work. He is the author of two books on bullying. He has also featured on national TV and radio. He gives talks in schools across the UK with his audiences reporting that his work is amongst the most engaging that they have encountered. His unique approach has credibility with young people because he speaks from the perspective of having experienced bullying as a young person himself.

His presentation began with a live theatre performance by Robert which can be previewed here.

During his hour long presentation with each year group Robert covered:

  • What Bullying is and the difference between ‘bullying’ and ‘banter.’
  • How bullying manifests, including verbal, indirect, cyber & physical bullying.
  • Practical Techniques for building self-esteem, confidence & resilience.
  • Practical Techniques for tackling ‘name calling’, ‘banter’ or verbal bullying.
  • Bystander behaviour & how to be a ‘Defender’ bystander and prevent bullying in school.
  • Cyber Bullying & tips for managing online behaviour.
  • What to do and where to find support if you are bullied or are bullying someone.

The aim of his presentation was to empower students with a toolkit for building the resilience, selfconfidence and self-esteem needed to avoid bullying behaviour.

We are delighted to have secured Robert Higg’s services this academic year for what we anticipate will prove to be a very valuable addition to the Academy’s anti-bullying strategy.

His presentation titled ‘The Boy In The Photograph’ can be below

The Boy In The Photograph

QEGS Student Voice:

‘It was a really good presentation and he made everything clear’
‘The performance was more visual rather than just speaking which was good’
‘I learned that other people can bully because they’re bullied’
‘I learnt where to go if I need help with bullying’
‘I learnt how to stand up to bullying and ways to help’
‘It made me realise that banter can be bullying’
‘I learnt how to deal with bullying in different ways’

Useful Documents

Together at QEGS we:

  1. Do as we are asked first time, every time, by any member of staff
  2. Are respectful to ourselves, others and the environment
  3. Arrive on time, are equipped and ready to learn
  4. Try our best at all times, in all circumstances
  5. Use technology responsibly

To ensure that we all work together with pride in a positive, productive, safe and happy school.

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