11-15th December marked our first Attendance Awareness Week. The aim was to raise awareness and stress the importance of regular and punctual attendance at school. Students were given the challenge of achieving 100% attendance during this week which was a greater challenge than usual given the poor weather and lots of illnesses doing the rounds – congratulations to the 458 students who achieved this!

In efforts to get students more involved, school held poster and bookmark competitions for the students, and prizes were awarded to the winners. A treasure hunt was also held in school –  students were given a clue about a member of staff who held an attendance-related question to answer. A list of all prize winners can be found on the display in the school foyer – well done to everyone who took part.

Mrs Krlic, our Attendance Officer, was also in the school foyer every break time to meet with students who wanted to check their current attendance percentage and answer any questions they had. They were awarded with a treat if they could give Mrs Krlic a fact about attendance – the chocolate lollies disappeared very quickly – well done to all students who gave facts!

At St Augustine’s School we expect all students to aim for 100% attendance and to achieve a minimum of 96%. Too many absences can cause students to fall behind in school and significantly reduces the chance of achieving 5 x 9-5 grades at GCSE. We want to ensure that all of our students achieve their full potential!

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s attendance, please call Mrs Krlic on the main school number.