ATTENDANCE MATTERS

  • Our whole school attendance target is 96%.
  • We expect all students to aim for this target as a minimum.
  • Government guidelines state that any student with attendance below 90% is classified as a persistent absentee.
  • Research shows that poor attendance is directly linked to poor academic achievement.
  • Students with attendance of 90% and under have less than a 50% chance of achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE.

POOR ATTENDANCE HAS OTHER CONSEQUENCES!

As a parent you are legally responsible to ensure your child attends school. When a student continues to have poor attendance we have to follow the Local Authority procedures and this may result in you being taken to court.

WHY IS MY CHILD’S ATTENDANCE TOTAL SO LOW?

  • Students who arrive at school after the registers close are marked as unauthorised absence.
  • All illness, medical appointments and holidays in term time affect a student’s overall attendance total.
  • Parents of students with attendance below 96% will receive letters regarding our concerns.

AS A PARENT HOW CAN I HELP?

  • All medical and dental appointments must be outside of school hours whenever possible.
  • All students must be in school for registration promptly at 8.55am each day.
  • Family holidays in term time are not allowed.
  • Support your child by taking an interest in their school work and activities.
  • Ensure homework is completed on time.
  • Have good bedtime and morning routines.
  • Keep good contact with school when any issues arise.

IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL

  • You must notify school with the reason for absence before 9am on the first day of absence 01723 363280 or text to 07786 208896.
  • This is a parental responsibility and it is not acceptable for students to ring in themselves.
  • If your child is absent and you have not contacted school, you will receive a text from school to which you must reply.
  • We treat all absences from school very seriously as safeguarding our students is our first priority.
  • We will follow up on messages left by contacting you for more details if necessary.
  • If your child is ill you should provide school with any medical evidence eg. A doctor’s appointment slip, sight of a prescription, note from any medical professional. This can be shown to Mrs Jackson, Attendance Officer, on return to school
  • Medical evidence is particularly relevant if your child already has poor school attendance. Remember further unauthorised absences may result in us having to begin legal procedures.
  • If your child is too ill to come to school over a number of days, then we would expect you to consult medical opinion.
  • Remember there is always support in school if students feel unwell through the day, and we will always contact you if necessary.
  • You must contact school as early as possible on each day of absence unless you have already told us the expected length of absence as advised by a medical professional.

If you are unsure of anything please talk to us!If you need any help, advice or support with anything regarding school attendance please talk to us. We want your child to be happy, safe and healthy whilst with us, in order that he/she is able to realise their full potential.