Pupil Attendance has Strong Correlation with Achievement
• In 2018/19, just 40% of persistently absent (PA) children in KS2 achieved expected KS2
standards, compared with 84% of pupils who were regular attenders.
But attendance is important for more than just attainment:
• Regular school attendance can facilitate positive peer relationships, which is a protective factor for mental health and wellbeing.
Section 8 of the Education Act 1996 places a duty on parents to ensure that their children receive efficient full-time education if they are of compulsory school age.
Ultimately, good attendance ensures a wider school experience for our students, in terms of a rich and inclusive curriculum, enrichment extra-curricular activities, achievement and pastoral support.
We expect parents/carers to let us know why a child is absent from school. Please call the office to tell them about any absences. We will then decide whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised.
We do not authorise holidays in term time, because there are 175 days a year, when pupils are not in school which can be used for holidays and visits to family abroad. We follow the LA and DfE guidance which state that exceptional leave should only be granted in exceptional circumstances (for example, a bereavement). Medical evidence will be required for any absence the week before or after a school holiday. We believe it is important for all children to be in school on time and we appreciate your support in this area.
Did you know….?
- 1 in 3 students with poor attendance (below 80%) do not achieve any qualifications at all when they leave secondary education.
- A student with 85% attendance will miss 29 days in a year – that is a half term of learning lost!
- A student who misses 38 days each year will miss 2 whole years of learning by the age of 16
Never being late – a vital life skill and also good manners
Punctuality is very important. We open classrooms at 08.45 to ensure that the school day starts promptly at 9.00. Immediately after the register has been taken the children are straight into their first lesson. If children do arrive late they find it very hard to catch up on the work they have missed.
If children arrive after the register has been taken they will be marked as L (late). Any child who arrives at school from 9.10 am onwards will be marked as U (unauthorised late). This will counts as an unauthorised absence.