Good attendance is the foundation upon which progress is built
We follow common procedures with our Family Group of Schools on attendance. We expect parents to work with the school to ensure full attendance. We expect parents to telephone to tell us if their child is ill on the first day of absence and on every other day of absence. In addition we use an automated absence system to contact you directly if your child is marked absent at morning registration. It will enable you to respond, if your child is away with good reason, giving the reason for absence.
We recommend that parents arrange holidays in school holiday times, to have the smallest possible impact on students’ education. Holidays can no longer be authorised so parents and carers risk a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £120 per parent/carer per child (£60 if paid within 21 days).
The Department for Education states that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time.
Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.
We take a consistent approach to punctuality. We believe that punctuality is important. It is important that children are in school by 8.40 so they can be in START on time at 8.45am.
As a school we understand the direct impact of missing days at school on academic progress. An analysis of the impact of attendance on the progress made by students in Year 11 in 2018-19 shows the following stark facts:
- Students with attendance of 95% or better made more progress than their peers in other schools
- Students with attendance of less than 90% made significantly less progress than their peers in this school and other schools across the country. Their average GCSE grades were 1.53 grades lower per subject than similar children with good or ‘regular’ attendance.
This means that missing just one day of school per fortnight led to an average reduction in progress of over 1.5 GCSE grades per subject.
We would encourage all parents/carers to talk to their children about the vital importance of regular school attendance. It is easy to believe that a few days off per term will not have much impact on their progress but the figures tell a very clear story.
If you have any concerns or would like any support in relation to your child’s attendance please speak to the relevant Year Team Leader or Student Support Officer.
Good attendance to school is the foundation upon which progress is built.
Attend Today Achieve Tomorrow