Attendance at school is vital. We expect all pupils on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so.
Persistent lateness can be as damaging to a child’s education as absence and pupils who arrive late, disrupt not only their own education but also that of others.
Regular and punctual attendance is vital to each student’s progress and a legal requirement.
Where lateness or a short absence is unavoidable, parents are expected to telephone the school on the first morning of absence, then to send with their child on their return a brief note of explanation to the appropriate form tutor.
Where absence through illness is likely to be prolonged, parents are asked to notify the Head of Year.
Our Student Support Workers deal with attendance problems and supports pupils’ return to school. Homework will be provided for pupils during periods of longer term absence.
Evidence suggests a strong link between attendance and school success:
- Research suggests that 17 missed school days every year equates to a drop in GCSE grade
- Every child should aim for attendance of 95% or above
- 80% attendance is the equivalent to having one day off every week
- If you take a two week holiday in term time your child’s attendance will automatically be reduced to less than 95%