The School aims for our pupils to have 100% attendance. The School’s average attendance figure is around 97%.
The government is keen to improve pupils’ attendance in all schools, and they have set a figure for a Persistent Absentee to be 90% attendance or less. For example, any one pupil who has 8 days away from school in the Autumn Term will be classed as a Persistent Absentee and the Local Authority will be notified. In the light of this, it is critical that all absences are accounted for.
Pupils who arrive at School after the Form Registration period are marked as a code 'U' in the register, which counts as an unauthorised absence until a valid authorisation has been given. Our preferred method for doing so is via Parent Gateway but you can also phone the school on 01452 338400 and select Option 5, you can then leave a message on the absence line. Please state the pupil’s full name and Form.
You must report your child’s absence EVERY day that they are absent.
Should your son/daughter not be able to attend school then you must notify the School as soon as possible on the first day of absence. This should then be followed up by letter/email explaining the full absence on pupil’s return to School.
If a child is absent from School and the School has not been notified, then the School will contact the child’s home to confirm the absence and to ensure the child has not gone missing. Requests for Leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should be addressed to the Headmaster, with as much notice as possible.
The impact of absenteeism upon education his highlighted by the Department for Education:
‘…. pupils with no absence are around 10.2 times more likely to achieve the English Baccalaureate than pupils missing 15 – 20% of KS4 lessons.’
It goes without saying that it is important for pupils to attend school at every opportunity to develop their talents and to maximise their potential.