27th September 2021
It has been lovely to welcome your child back to school this term; there is always a feeling of optimism and enthusiasm from staff and pupils at this time of year!
Attendance in the school throughout the last academic year was really positive despite all the challenges we are facing. Our attendance figures, as a school, are well above the local and national average and this is no doubt due to the excellent support we all offer our pupils.
There is a strong link between rates of attendance and attainment. We want to do all that we can to support your child with positive attendance at school by working with parents and carers. We understand that there may be times when your child is not well enough to attend school and appreciate that they may need to have time off to recover from illnesses. Details about how to inform the school of an absence can be found here: https://www.combertonvc.org/parent-and-student-information/absence including information on COVID related absences.
Each week the attendance and support teams meet in school to review attendance. We communicate weekly with parents via letters, emails and text messages about pupil attendance. If a child’s absence drops below 95% we will let you know. This is a good opportunity for you to consider if there is anything we can do to help support your child with improving their attendance. If your child’s attendance drops below 90% we will ask for a meeting. This attendance meeting is usually between: you; your child, and; their head of year, to discuss attendance and look at ways to improve your child’s attendance. Further information on your responsibilities as a parent/carer in ensuring good attendance at school can be found here: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-learning/education-your-rights-and-responsibilities/non-attendance-and-the-law
We also understand that the transition from childhood to adulthood through adolescence can be challenging for some students. As parents and carers, you play a vital role in helping your child manage their mental health and wellbeing. In my work supporting positive mental health and wellbeing in the school I appreciate the amount of time, patience and care that you invest in your child’s wellbeing. The student wellbeing page (https://www.combertonvc.org/parent-and-student-information/student-wellbeing) of our website is updated regularly and has links to online resources and services. You may want to look at the following sites for some ideas on how to support positive mental health and wellbeing:
Keep Your Head is a useful website for students in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be concerned about their own or others' mental health.
Kooth offers free confidential online counselling for students
Chat Health is a secure and confidential text messaging service for young people aged 11-19 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who are struggling to cope with issues such as bullying, emotional health, relationship problems, alcohol and drugs. The number to text is 07480 635 443
Youthoria has a range of resources for managing exam stress and support available for young people in Cambridgeshire.
Each child in the school has a pastoral team working with them (their tutor, Assistant Head of Year and Head of Year), details about your child’s pastoral team can be found here: https://www.combertonvc.org/parent-and-student-information/year-groups/
Please do make contact with your child’s tutor in the first instance if you have concerns about your child’s pastoral needs. Tutors will either respond directly or pass your concern onto relevant staff within the school.
We also have a student support email address (email@example.com) which you or your child can use to get in contact with members of staff working in the Hub (our provision for mental health and emotional wellbeing in school). This email is not for urgent or emergency care and is checked daily.