Why attendance matters
If students are to achieve their potential, good attendance and punctuality are critical. The link between attendance and achievement is well documented. Figures from the DoE demonstrate this very clearly.
We want all our students to achieve the very best examination results that they can. Irregular attendance, can, however, have a significant impact on student achievement. Students with irregular attendance…
•Get behind with work
•Lose the thread of the topics being taught
•Become demotivated on return to school
•Miss out on important careers and guidance inputs
•Miss out on extra curricular opportunities
•Are less likely to feel part of the school
What is good attendance?
|97 – 99%||Excellent|
|94 – 97%||Good|
|92 – 94%||Satisfactory|
|90 – 92%||Cause for concern|
|Below 90%||Serious cause for concern|
Remember: 90% attendance = 1 day of absence every fortnight. Over an academic year this amounts to four weeks of absence (100 lessons missed!)
School attendance is also important because the law requires it. Parents are legally responsible for making sure you get a full time education.
There could be legal and financial consequences:
- For leave of absence taken without permission of the Headteacher your parents may be issued with a penalty notice of £100 (reducing to £50 if paid within 28 days)
- If your parents fail to pay this they will be in danger of prosecution
- If prosecuted and convicted your parents will have a criminal record
- For more serious offences your parents can be fined up to £2,500 and in extreme cases there is a penalty of up to three months imprisonment.