For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our students and endeavour to provide an environment where all students feel valued and welcome.
Parents/carers and students play a part in making our school so successful. Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents/carers and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all. It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to students and their parents/carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance. For children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital a child is at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. The routines children develop around attendance and punctuality at school are the same as the expectations of any future employer in the world of work. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff, and future aspirations depend on good attendance.
Good attendance is important because:
- Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%
- Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
- Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
- Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
- Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training.
Our attendance objective is to sustain above National Average at 95% attendance.
Attendance is directly linked to achievements and is essential in supporting success throughout school.
Any student below 90% is deemed by the government as being persistently absent, missing 4 or more weeks a year. For any student whose attendance is below 90%, parents will be sent a letter and invited to a meeting with the Head of Year to set short term targets.
|99%-100%||Fantastic attendance - targets achieved|
|97% - 99%||Very good attendance|
|95%||Basic expectation (missing on average half a day per 10 days)|
|92% up to 95%||Concern (reduced chance of achieving targets)|
|Below 90%||Persistent absence (serious concerns)|
|Below 85%||A student misses, on average, almost a day a week (about 6 weeks per year)|
|Below 80%||A student misses, on average, a day a week (about 8 weeks per year)|
DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR:
|ANY LATE||Immediate tutor detention at break|
|5 LATES||Additionally, half an hour Head of Year detention|
|10 LATES||Additionally, Senior staff detention|