We expect your child to be in school every day. There is a clear correlation between achievement and attendance, and we want to work with you to ensure our pupils reach their full potential. In some instances, student attendance does not meet our high expectations.
“Twenty days off per school year means that a child has about 90 per cent attendance and will probably obtain a grade lower than they are capable of”
The following interventions will be made by the school if attendance falls below 98 per cent:
- Letters, text, and phone calls home
- Meetings with your child’s Head of Year
If attendance fails to improve after the above intervention:
- Home visits completed on a daily basis
- Meeting with Raising Achievement Coordinator (Attendance)
- Meeting with Educating Welfare Officer and SLT
- Try and offer support if attendance isn’t improving
- Fine and/or prosecution
How you can help:
- Contact school daily to report an absence
- If your child has a medical appointment, please ensure they don’t have the whole day off and come into school before and after where possible.
- Communicate with the school if there are any issues at home we can support you with or that may be affecting attendance
- Bring in medical evidence e.g. a prescription, appointment card, hospital letter. Whether the absence is authorised is dependent on their attendance record and the discretion of the Pastoral Team.
- Only take your child on holiday during the allocated school breaks (which is 13 weeks). Term-time holidays are only granted in “exceptional circumstances”. Fines will be issued if holidays are taken during school time.
Once attendance dips below 95 per cent we request medical evidence from your GP.
Once a pupil’s attendance dips below 95 per cent no absences will be authorised, and you may be at risk of a fine if your child accumulates 10 sessions (5 days) or more unauthorised absences.
As you are aware competition for both college places and job opportunities are fierce and good grades at GCSE can provide a stepping stone for your child’s future.
We hope we can work together to ensure your child receives the very best opportunities and to do this we need positive attendance.