Attendance

Attendance matters for all students

  • Good attendance is essential for students to make the most of their ability and perform well. 
  • National statistics show that students who attend school regularly do better in education overall.
  • Absences leave students unsure about their work, finding it hard to catch up. 
  • Behaviour can be affected.
  • Absences can disrupt friendship groups leaving a student, on their return, to feel left out.
  • Students can miss out on key information and good attendance shows commitment and a desire to learn.
  • The first question asked when prospective employers or schools/colleges ask for references is frequently related to attendance. This often comes before questions about honesty or examination results.

How does the school try to ensure good attendance?

  • We emphasise to the students the need for good attendance.
  • We do not authorise absences without a good reason.
  • Wephone you if your child is absent and we have not heard from you.

Please make sure we know your up-to-date contact details.

  • We monitor attendance carefully and contact you if your child’s attendance drops below 95%.
  • The Education Welfare Officer is likely to meet with children and families in school if their attendance drops below 90%.
  • If attendance problems continue we will ask you to meet us to discuss the way forward. If a number of absences are unauthorised you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice and be given a fine.
  • The parents of children whose attendance is persistently low may be prosecuted.

How can parents help?

  • Parents are legally obliged to make sure their child attends school regularly. Only the school can authorise an absence. Students should aim for at least 95% attendance.
  • Do not take your child out of school for a holiday. New national guidelines mean that we will not be able to authorise such an absence except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Do not make non-urgent medical appointments during the school day.