Promoting Excellent Attendance
Promoting excellent attendance to ensure that your child makes every minute of every lesson of everyday count
Attending school has a huge impact on your child’s academic success starting from reception all the way through to Year 11 and into the 6th form. Families play a vital role in making sure that their children get to school safely, regularly and on time. Here are some useful tips to help you.
Always make school a priority
- Never make doctor, dentist or optician appointment during school time unless this is absolutely necessary.
- If you do need to make an appointment in school time try to ensure that your child misses as little of school as possible.
- We know that travel companies don’t make it easy for families, but never book a holiday during term time (it won’t be authorised, your child will fall behind in their studies and you may be fined).
- Don’t allow your child to stay off school to make things easier for yourself – this is against the law.
- Don’t allow your child to miss school on Mondays and Fridays if you are going away for the weekend.
- Don’t allow your child to take a day off because of the weather.
- Don’t allow your child to take a day off for their birthday – this is completely unacceptable.
Help your child to stay on track
- Find out if your child is coping with their work and if they are up to date – missing school will make them fall behind.
- Check your child’s attendance with school, you might not realise how much school they have missed.
- Encourage your child to stay back after school to attend intervention, booster sessions and extra lessons whenever they are offered.
- If your child forgets their home learning, PE kit, stationery etc. or is not in correct uniform, it will cause problems for them at school – please help your child to organise themselves.
Missing school will make your child fall behind in lessons and will impact on their academic progress and achievement.
|100%||No days absent from school|
|95%||10 days absence from school – 50 lessons missed|
|90%||20 days absence from school – 100 lessons missed|
|85%||30 days absence from school – 150 lessons missed|
|80%||40 days absence from school – 200 lessons missed|
Excellent Attendance is your key to success
National Statistics state that:
- 73% of pupils with attendance of 95% or higher achieve at least 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above
- Only 35% of pupils with attendance of between 80-90% manage to achieve 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above
- Research shows that pupils with 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above earn on average £350,000 more in their lifetime than those without the grades
- Excellent attendance at school = 96% and above