Attendance

attendanceWe are committed to ensuring that all students have access to a high quality educational experience which allows them to fulfil their potential. Attendance to school is a legal requirement and important to a student’s success. We consider 96% to be a satisfactory level of attendance for students.

Regular attendance and good punctuality to school are essential.

There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement. If students are not in lessons they are NOT LEARNING!

Research carried out by the Department of Education has shown that attendance is the most significant factor impacting on student attainment:

  • ONLY 3% of students who miss more than 50% of school, manage to achieve 5 A* to C GCSE grades including English and Maths.
  • ONLY 35% of students who miss between 10 % and 20% of school, manage to achieve 5 A* to C GCSE grades including English and Maths.

We do understand that in some cases there are underlying medical and health issues that can affect attendance and in these cases we would urge you to contact the Year Team Leader to discuss the impact of these issues on your child’s education. Together we will be able to improve your child’s school life and attendance.

Absence From School

Pupils are required by law to attend school for 190 days each year.

Attendance during one school year

Equals days absent

Which is approximately weeks absent

Which means this number of lessons missed

95%

9 Days

2 Weeks

45 Lessons

90%

19 Days

4 Weeks

95 Lessons

85%

29 Days

6 Weeks

145 Lessons

80%

38 Days

8 Weeks

190   Lessons

75%

48 Days

10 Weeks

240 Lessons

70%

57 Days

11.5 Weeks

285   Lessons

65%

67 Days

13.5 Weeks

335 Lessons

If your child is ill

If your son or daughter is absent from school, please notify the office by 8.30 am on 01162344480. You should do this on the first day of absence and every day thereafter until your child returns to school. In addition to this, a supporting note explaining your child’s absence should be brought in and handed to their tutor on their return.

Please note: High levels of absence due to illness will not be authorised unless medical evidence from a doctor is provided.

Medical Appointments

Please try and avoid making any appointments for dentist, optician and doctors during the school day. If a school time appointment is unavoidable please make sure your child attends school before/after the appointment.

Please note: Medical evidence should be provided and will be required for all appointments.

Family holidays in term time

From September 2013 we no longer authorise holidays during term time. Parents wishing to take their child on holiday should do so during the school holidays.

Please note: Unauthorised absences may incur penalty notices and a fine of £60 per child per parent/carer.

Persistent Absent students (PA)

The definition of a PA student is now any student who misses 10% or more of their education.

If your child’s attendance drops below 90% they become classified as a Persistent Absent (PA) student. This will automatically result in the Educational Welfare Service being involved and taking action. To avoid this for happening it is absolutely essential that your child’s attendance remains above 95%.

The school is committed to ensuring all our students achieve their full potential. Our pastoral team work hard to monitor the attendance of each individual pupil and provide support and guidance where necessary. Equally as parent/carer it is your responsibility to ensure that your son/daughters attendance remains above 95%. If your child’s attendance falls below this a referral will be made to our Education Welfare Officer which could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice that fines parents when their children fail to attend school or result in further legal proceedings.

We hope you have found this information useful and can support the school in making sure your child’s attendance stays above 95%. If you have any concerns about attendance and punctuality please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Year Team Leader.

Julie Mousley

Assistant Headteacher

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