Attendance is one area that the school monitors closely. Whilst many of our students have excellent attendance, some struggle to keep above the required 95% government target. As in previous years we would like to reiterate the following:
- Please arrange all routine medical and dental appointments during half term or after 2.30pm. We do understand that hospital and orthodontic appointments are subject to availability.
- Please remember to call in on each and every morning of a student’s absence (01778 422365) or text on 07860 095499, please remember to state the name of the student concerned and the nature of their absence.
- If your child has a medical condition or other reason which may affect their attendance, please contact their form tutor, Year Lead or our Attendance Manager so that we can provide as much help and support as necessary.
Thank you for your continued support.
We continue to receive applications for absence during term time despite the proven link between school non attendance and lower academic achievement.
The Government’s Expert Advisor on School Behaviour, Charlie Taylor states “Of students that miss more than 50% of school, only 3% manage to achieve 5 or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English and Maths. However, 73% of those that have over 95% attendance achieve 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C.”
As a school we continue to stress the importance of good school attendance. We realise that absence not only affects a student’s academic performance but also their social and wellbeing in school.
If a student in year 11 misses a week due to a holiday, they will miss:
- 4 hours of English lessons
- 4 hours of Maths lessons
- And 13 hours of option lessons
We are also aware that there are a number of students missing whole school days due to routine medical appointments. Please be aware that this is extremely disruptive to your child’s education. We understand that some appointments are beyond your control (eg hospital appointments) but routine dental or doctor appointments should be made during half terms or after the school day. Students being removed regularly for routine appointments will be referred to Education Services as with any other student regularly missing school.
Mr B Sinclair
Deputy Headteacher and Director of Behavioural Standards