Truro and Penwith Academy Trust Policies

TPAT Anti-Bribery Policy Approved March2015

TPAT Articles of Association – TPAT

TPAT Capability Policy_TPAT

TPAT Code of Conduct Approved Nov2014 Updated March 2018

TPAT Complaints Policy Approved July 2017

TPAT Disciplinary Policy & Procedure_TPAT

TPAT expenses policy Directors and Governors – Approved Nov2014

TPAT Financial procedures manual 2018

TPAT Fraud and Corruption Policy Approved March2015

TPAT Freedom of Information Policy Approved Jan 2018

TPAT GDPR General Policy FINAL

TPAT Gifts and Hospitality Nov 2017

TPAT Grievance Policy_TPAT

TPAT Health and Safety Policy 2017 APPROVED

TPAT Parent and Visitor Code of Conduct Approved July 2017

TPAT Primary Assessment Policy

TPAT Probationary Policy_FINAL approved Jun16

TPAT Professional Services Pay Policy_TPAT_FINAL June17

TPAT Recruitment Policy_FINAL approved Jun16

TPAT Redundancy Procedure final version

TPAT SODA final 2018

TPAT Staff Leave policy Approved July 2017

TPAT Staff Professional Code of Conduct_FINAL approved Jun16

TPAT Travel and Expenses Policy


School Policies


Behaviour Policy

Uniform Policy

Calculation policy: Currently under review.

Charging and Remissions Policy

Complaints  Policy

Sex and Relationships Policy

Equality Policy and Plan Jan 17




At Kennall Vale we expect good attendance for all children. With good attendance, children are given the best opportunity to make the best progress and achieve their potential. We rely on our partnership with parents to ensure that this is achieved as it is the responsibility of the parents to see that children attend school regularly and are punctual on all occasions.

At Kennall Vale, we have set a target to meet a school average of 96% throughout the school year. We share average attendance figures for each class in the weekly newsletter. The attendance pattern for all children is monitored on a weekly basis, with the school seeking to work actively with parents to ensure a regular pattern is maintained. We monitor children whose attendance figure is lower than 95% and any attendance which drops below 90% will be monitored alongside the school’s Education Welfare officer, Alison McGee (Penryn Partnership).

We would ask parents to help the school by notifying us of all absences on the first day if possible, and always to ensure that any absence is covered by a note on your child’s return to school. Any absence which is known in advance, such as medical appointments, should be notified to the school in writing beforehand or through a phone call.

Our school day starts at 9:00am when class registers are taken. Pupils who are not present for registration will be marked as absent initially. If they arrive within the following 15minutes, the mark will be changed to late and a reason needs to be provided to the school office.

Research has shown that poor attendance can seriously affect children’s:

  • Attainment in school
  • Progress in school
  • Attitude towards learning
  • Relationships with other children and their ability to form lasting friendships
  • Confidence to attempt new work and work alongside others
  • Long-term life chances

Authorised and unauthorised absence

The law requires that all schools must now show the difference between authorised and unauthorised absence.

Authorised absence can be:

  • Sickness – absence needs to be reported to the school office by 9:00am
  • Medical or dental appointments which cannot be arranged outside school hours
  • Days of religious observance
  • An exceptional circumstance which was unavoidable and a one-off incidence- ie. Compassionate leave

Unauthorised absence is:

  • Family holiday in term time
  • Truancy
  • Staying at home to look after younger children or sick relative
  • Going shopping or having a hair cut
  • Any absence which the school has not been informed about, either by letter or telephone

Absences during Term Time

From the 1st September 2013, all schools are unable to authorise any requests for absences relating to holidays in term time. Only in exceptional circumstances can holidays be agreed with the Headteacher’s/Governors’ approval. Holiday prices, last minute deals and the fact that the parents have booked a holiday before checking with the school are not considered to be exceptional circumstances. Parents are to assume that absence requests for term-time holidays have not been authorised unless told otherwise.

Please notify the school in writing to request to take your child out of school by filling in an absence request form from the school office. Requests need to be made in advance so that sufficient home learning can be provided.

If at any time you would like to discuss your child’s attendance or receive support in getting your child to school, Mr Chirgwin will be happy to discuss. Further support can be sought from Mrs McGee, the Educational Welfare Officer who works with all schools within the Penryn Partnership.