Attendance Matters

It is imperative that your child attends school as regularly as possible in order to avoid missing valuable lesson time and falling behind.

There is extensive research which clearly demonstrates that students with good attendance make greater progress. In addition, colleges and employers place significant emphasis on consistent attendance and good punctuality, and always ask us to comment on them in references.

Your child’s minimum attendance target is 97%.

Please work with us by ensuring that your child attends school regularly and on time. We are asked to comment on punctuality in all college, job and training placement references.

The link between good attendance and GCSE success

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What is good attendance?

Achieving 90% attendance may sound good, but what does it really mean? It means that, across a school year, a child is absent for the equivalent of half a day every week and misses a total of four weeks of school.

If your child has 80% attendance this year, they have missed 240 lessons in the year. This means your child is missing, during the course of the year, the equivalent of one day every week!

If they have 70% attendance, they have missed 360 lessons or 12 weeks of the school year.

If they have 60% attendance, they have missed 480 lessons or 16 weeks of the school year.

Guidance for students

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The legal framework

Your child must, by law, attend school every day and be present for registration at 8.50am. It is vital that your child aims for 100% attendance and that absence should therefore be kept to an absolute minimum.

Please note that only the school can authorise absence and that, unless the school is satisfied that your child cannot attend school for whatever reason, absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

Local authority guidelines detail that an educational penalty notice will be issued if your child has ten or more sessions (ten sessions = five days) of unauthorised absence in the period of one term.

Term-time holidays

It is essential that your child attends school as regularly as possible. We work hard to support parents and students to ensure that this happens. We will only authorise leave of absence in ‘exceptional circumstances’.

If you believe that your circumstances meet the ‘exceptional’ criteria, please make a request in writing to the Headteacher at least one month in advance. If you take your child on an unauthorised holiday during term time, you will be issued with an educational penalty notice.