Attendance/Punctuality

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Regular attendance is important if your child is to achieve success in school and we are working hard to reduce levels of pupil absence.

Once your child is registered at our school, you are legally responsible for making sure they attend school regularly and punctually.
For the purposes of attendance, the school day is divided into two sessions: morning (am) and afternoon (pm).

Your child must be on the school site by 8.55am and attend every lesson and Tutor/Time/Assembly in order to gain a 'present' mark for both daily sessions. 
To achieve a full day's attendance your child must be in school all day.

If your child is late or fails to attend Tutor Period at 9.00am (during which statutory registration takes place), and periods 1, 2 and 3, this could result in an unauthorised absence for a morning session. Similarly, if your child is late or fails to attend Period 4 (during which afternoon statutory registration takes place), and Period 5 this could result in an unauthorised absence for an afternoon session.

The single most important factor for your child to achieve success at school is that they need to attend regularly and punctually. 

There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement.:

  • Only 3% of pupils who miss more than 50% of school manage to achieve five A* - C GCSE grades including English and Maths.
  • Only 35% of pupils who miss between 10% and 20% of school manage to achieve five A* - C GCSE grades including English and Maths.
  • In contrast, 73% of pupils with over 95% attendance achieve five A* - C GCSE grades including English and Maths.

Good regular attendance often means doing well academically, better relationships with other students and better overall behaviour in school. Catching up even a little lost time from school can be really difficult. Good attendance is not just about what happens in school. Absence when your child is young, can limit their future opportunities and set up bad habits for life and work.

Whilst we appreciate that in some circumstances absence is unavoidable, we are very keen to discourage unnecessary absence, i.e. the odd day here and there when perhaps a student could go to school but doesn't feel like it. Please do not allow your child to persuade you that it doesn't matter if they miss a day or half a day of school every now and then. It does matter!

Every lesson really does count for your child and they can quickly fall behind if even one day is missed.

If your child is reluctant to attend school for any reason or makes excuses not to go, please report their absence by calling the Absence Line and contact your child's Attendance and Pastoral Support Manager.  There is a lot of support available in school and we are committed to working with your child and you to help ensure that they attend regularly.

Students whose attendance is below the satisfactory threshold of 95% may be requested to attend the Attendance Workshop Programme, which runs during tutor time.

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Attendance and Punctuality Date  
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