A first class education requires full attendance.
What constitutes good attendance?
Attendance percentages are not like examination results; an attendance percentage needs to be in the high 90s before it can be considered good. Consider the following examples:
- An attendance record of 90% might seem good but is equal to 1 day missed per fortnight. If this continues from Years 7 to 11, a total of 6 months of education will be lost
- An attendance record of 80% might seem acceptable but is equal to 1 day missed per week. If this continues from Years 7 to 11, a total of one year’s education will be lost
In order for an attendance record to be deemed good it must be 95% or above:
- 100% – excellent attendance
- 98% – very good attendance
- 95% – good attendance
Each year, a number of students in every year group achieve 100% attendance records, showing that this is an achievable target.
Consequences of low attendance
Additional support arranged through:
- Meetings in school with teachers/school staff
- Visits to your home by teachers/school staff
- Referral to the Local Authority
Continued non attendance could mean:
- Issue of an educational penalty notice (immediate fine)
- Instigation of court action, possibly leading to a fine of up to £2500 or even up to 3 months in prison
Our legal duties aside, the main consequence of continued non-attendance for your son could be reduced exam grades, a poorer education and limitations on job/career opportunities.
Remember – students have to attend to attain.
How can parents help?
We would like to thank the majority of parents and students who continually co-operate, helping us raise attendance levels. However, with your help, we can continue to improve our standards.
- Make sure your son attends school every day, unless too seriously ill to attend
- Make all medical appointments etc outside of school hours – except in emergencies
- Organise family holidays during school holiday periods
- Support your son in aiming for full attendance at school
- Contact the school on the first day and each subsequent day if your son is absent from school
- For extended periods of absence further written confirmation may be requested
- Ensure your son is punctual for school
- If your son seems unwilling to attend, contact the school as soon as possible; do not let your son stay at home as this could set a precedent for the future
How do we help?
We consider good attendance to be of such importance that we place a great deal of emphasis on it, and put considerable resources into promoting it. We employ a variety of strategies:
- Inter tutor group competitions and rewards
- Individual rewards for students with good and excellent attendance records
- Regular promotion of good attendance in assemblies, form time and at parents’ evenings
- Detailed analysis of attendance figures and trends for individuals, year groups and the whole school
- Regular reports to Governors
- A computerised registration system which allows every lesson to be monitored
- Attendance office staff dedicated to the administration of attendance
- Contact with parents on the first day of absence
- Support for students and parents where attendance difficulties are emerging
- Attendance information sent to parents to assist them in monitoring their son’s attendance
- Coordination of support strategies for students