The school works in partnership with parents and pupils to encourage all students to attend regularly and in doing so we aim to have a 95% attendance record across the years.
Raise Your Childs Attendance - Raise their Chances!
What does “Good attendance” mean? Do you think 90% attendance is a good figure?
90% attendance is ½ day missed every week.
Over one academic year a student misses four weeks of lessons. If you maintain 90% attendance for your time at secondary school, including studying for your GCSE's a pupil will have missed out on ½ a school year.
Recent research by Department for Children, Schools and Families (DfES) suggests that if a student misses just 17 school days a year, their GCSE grades will drop by one grade!
So 90% is not as good as it first seemed.
What can you do as a parent to increase your child's attendance?
- Find out regularly your child's absence. (Ask for half days if easier) and check this matches with your own record.
- Talk regularly with your child about school and how they feel about it. They are more likely to attend if they feel supported and their anxieties are listened to.
- Phone us as soon as possible to tell us why your child is absent, and when you expect them to return. Putting the school number in your phone can save you time. Know the school routine for alerting you to absence like writing a note in their planner for when they return.
- Only grant days at home for genuine illness. (You will know!!)
- Avoid taking holidays in school time.
- Try to make medical appointments outside of the school day. If this is not possible make sure that your child returns to school immediately after the appointment.
- Know routines of the school day to avoid issues, e.g. have they got their PE kit?
- If you have concerns ring us – we will check attendance and be discreet.
- Praise and reward good attendance. Even small successes, for example getting to school in promptly, even when the first lesson isn’t their best.
Other tips to help secure good attendance
- If there is a problem with your child’s attendance, talk calmly to your child and listen to the explanation. Pursuing the reason for non attendance is important.
- Talk to us to resolve issues. We may be able to help and support you and your child.
- Be particularly watchful and supportive in the run up to tests and aware of coursework deadlines. These can be very stressful times for students.
- Check homework diary regularly for gaps as well as giving praise for completed activities.
- Help them catch up with missed work. A missed day at school doesn’t mean missed work, we can always let you know what they can work on to catch up.