Excellent attendance and punctuality are essential factors in educational success. By contrast, poor attendance and/or lateness are significant factors in most cases of academic underperformance.
Research conducted in Britain has shown that students with 95% school attendance perform almost twice as well in Year 11 external examinations as students with 90% attendance.
BSK promotes a healthy lifestyle: good hygiene standards, a balanced diet, a sensible sleep pattern and sufficient exercise. By living healthily, students can reduce the chance of becoming ill and missing school.
Students should not arrive to school before 07.00. The Outer Courtyard and Marble Arch are supervised from 07.00 and provide water, shelter and toilet facilities.
Students should arrive to school by 07.30 daily, in time for the 07.32 bell, except during the Holy Month of Ramadan when a revised timetable applies.
Middle Department students should enter the campus through Outer Courtyard Gate D or Tunnel Gate I and should wait in the Inner or Outer Courtyard. Middle Department students may use only the Outer Courtyard toilets A08 (boys) or A09 (girls). They must not enter the school buildings except, if necessary, the Clinic (rooms A05/A06).
Upper Department and Sixth Form students should enter the campus through Gate MM, at the rear of Marble Arch. Upper Department students must wait in the Marble Arch and may only use the Marble Arch toilets WA01 (girls) or WA02 (boys). Upper Department students may not pass through Gate JJ or Gate OO except, if necessary, to access the Chequers Clinic (room CG02). Sixth Form students may, if they prefer, pass through Gate JJ and wait in the Sixth Form Centre until they attend line-up in the Marble Arch.
The only exceptions to the previous arrangements are that students who are involved in the National Anthem, Tahya Al-Kuwait or line-up announcements may enter the main building before line-up.
The first bell, at 07.32, indicates that all students should move immediately into their line-up positions, if they are not already in the correct location.
The second bell, at 07.35, signals the start of the Tahya Al-Kuwait and National Anthem. All students should stand respectfully, facing the Kuwait flag.
Attendance registers are taken throughout the school day. All students must attend Morning Tutor Time and all lessons. Sixth Form students must also attend all private study sessions.
Morning Tutor Time is from 07.35-07.50 and the attendance code recorded relates to the entire morning session. Afternoon registration is recorded by period 9-10 teachers and the attendance code recorded relates to the entire afternoon session.
Absence during a morning or afternoon attendance session constitutes absence for half of a school day. Two half-days of absence, whether or not they are on the same day, comprise the equivalent of a full day's absence.
Class tutors follow a clear policy to record all absence as either unauthorised or authorised. These data appear on school reports and transcripts.
Unauthorised absence from school is unacceptable. Parentally sanctioned instances of unauthorised absence represent a breach of the Terms and Conditions of Registration and Re-Registration.
If a student has been absent from school, and if the absence has not previously been explained by email or another method, the student must bring the correct explanatory document to show to their Class Tutor during Morning Tutor Time on their first day back to school. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all absence is explained, and in line with the Secondary Sanctions Policy, failure to do so will be sanctioned each morning until the absence has been explained.
Class tutors record authorised absence for only the following reasons:
The following reasons for absence are unacceptable and remain unauthorised. However, they are explained and the student will not be sanctioned. Class tutors record Code O when they receive parental notification of the following circumstances:
If a Class Tutor receives a signed parental note or email relating to any other reason, they will refer it to the Department Coordinator (DC), who will record authorised absence for only the following reasons:
DCs may approve Code C or Code I absence for morning or afternoon sessions, or for whole days.
Requests to authorise absence due to special reasons not covered explicitly by this policy must be referred to the Head Teacher (HT). This may often be granted, for example high-level competition such as swimming, golf or martial arts, or another valuable activity, with the HT's approval for each specific case.
The following circumstances are not considered to represent absence, for statistical purposes, and do not therefore need to be authorised:
School days on which special events take place, such as the Secondary Sports Day, are considered to be normal school days. This entire policy applies equally to such days.
There is no time limit for retrospective amendment of a student’s attendance record following the late receipt of an explanatory document. However, any winter or summer school report, or official transcript issued between the period of absence and the receipt of the explanatory document will not be amended or reissued.
The school will send a warning letter to parents, by registered mail, if their child accrues five full days or ten half-day sessions of unauthorised absence during an academic year.
The school will send a second warning letter, by registered mail, after ten full days or twenty half-day sessions of unauthorised absence.
If a student accrues fifteen full days or thirty half-day sessions of unauthorised absence, the school will issue a third and final warning letter, again by registered mail. The school will also inform the Private Education Department, who will take the appropriate action, which may include the student being deemed to have failed the academic year.
All lateness after the beginning of Morning Tutor Time is recorded.
Lateness before the end of Morning Tutor Time is recorded by the tutor as attendance code L. The student is considered to be present for the morning session. Such lateness is included in statistical analyses of lateness and appears on student reports and transcripts.
Lateness (before or after 07.50) due to a late bus, or another reason agreed in advance by the Head Teacher, is recorded by the tutor as attendance code B. Such lateness is not included in statistical analyses and does not appear on student reports or transcripts.
Outer Courtyard Gate D and Marble Arch Gate MM are closed at 07.50. Any student arriving after that time, or who arrives just before 07.50 but fails to arrive in their tutor room in time to be recorded as late by their tutor, must ensure that they enter the campus via Gate G, which is the security office at the rear of Park Lane. However, Gate G closes at 08.15, so any student arriving after that time must enter the campus through Gate A, at the front of the school, but then pass through Gate G. The security guard at Gate G will record code G lateness and the time of entry on the school attendance database.
Code G lateness constitutes unauthorised absence for the entire morning session. Code G lateness is included in statistical analyses of lateness and appears on student reports and transcripts.
The only acceptable reason for Code G lateness is attendance at a medical or dental appointment, which is authorised as Code M upon the provision of a doctor's or dentist's report. Correctly authorised Code G lateness therefore appears on student reports or transcripts as a half-day of authorised Code M absence.
Arriving too late to attend Morning Tutor Time but failing to enter through Gate G is a breach of this policy. The consequence of not entering through Gate G is that the student will have been recorded for the morning session as Code N (unauthorised absence) by their tutor. Once the situation is understood, the tutor will overwrite the morning session mark will to Code O (explained but still unauthorised). Such morning session absence may only be authorised as Code M upon the provision of a doctor's or dentist's report.
Secondary students are dismissed directly from period 10 at 14.30. Those who travel by school bus must go directly to their buses, which begin leaving the school at or shortly after 14.35.
Non-bus MD and UD students may leave either from Outer Courtyard Gate D or Tunnel Gate I and then via the front of Park Lane. Sixth Form students are not accompanied and may leave via either of these routes. Once non-bus students leave the campus, they must go directly to their cars, which should then drive away immediately.
Students who are not authorised to attend afterschool activities must leave the campus by 14.45.
Any student who has been absent from school may not arrive to take part in an afterschool activity.
The school places great emphasis on classes keeping pace with schemes of work. The attendance of students at lessons is very important, and withdrawal of students from timetabled classes will disrupt the curriculum.
Parents may not come to the front reception desk during the day and expect to withdraw their children without prior notice. If a parent wishes their child to leave school early, they should follow the procedure outlined below:
In accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines, we would advise parents strongly that students should not be withdrawn from their classes, except in the case of an emergency or unavoidable medical appointment.
Students who leave school early for medical reasons will be recorded as absence Code N (unexplained and unauthorised) for the afternoon registration session and must provide their tutor with a doctor's or dentist's report at the earliest opportunity in order to have the afternoon session authorised as Code M (medical absence).
An exception is made in the case of a student who has left school on the recommendation of the School Clinic. In such a case the student’s absence for the remainder of that school day will automatically be authorised as Code M (medical). However, should the absence extend into a second day, the usual evidence will be required before such absence is authorised as Code M. A further exception is made for the siblings of students who leave school on the recommendation of the School Clinic, in the event that the parent also needs to take them. Such cases are authorised as Code C.
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