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Expectations - Attendance

In the event of student absence please call 01295 234214. A phone call is required for every day of absence.

Sixth Form Absence Line: 01295 234233/01295 234236

The academy will work closely with the Education Welfare Service to ensure an improvement in our students’ attendance.  We would like to congratulate the many parents who ensure their children attend school regularly. However, there were a considerable number of pupils who were absent from school last year without good reason and we will be contacting parents where there are attendance concerns.

Pupil attendance will be monitored under the following headings:

GOLD STAR                Your child’s attendance is above 97%.

They are likely to be a “Star Performer” as well as an “excellent” attender. They will almost certainly achieve the best grades for their ability and have real opportunity in further education or the world of work.

GREEN                        Your child’s attendance is 95% plus.

They are on Green for gofor good attendance and are likely to achieve the grades that will give them real opportunities to continuing their studies or in the world of work.

AMBER                        Your child’s attendance is 90% to 95% attendance.

They are on “amber – take care”.  They will be missing up to 20 days of school each year and this will make it difficult for them to achieve their best.

RED                             Your child’s attendance is between 80-90%.

They are a “red light – be alert”.  They are missing so much time from school that it will be very difficult for them to keep in touch with lessons or work. They will struggle to get good exam results and could achieve a lot more.

WARNING                     Your child’s attendance is below 80%.

Immediate Action by parents is required. They are missing so much time from school that it will be almost impossible for them to keep in touch with lessons or work.


Holidays in term time 

Many parents and carers think it's okay to go on holiday during term time, but this has a negative affect on their children's learning and ability to achieve. If your child goes on holiday during term time, they are absent. 

  • 10 days absence means 95% attendance
  • 19 days absence means 90% attendance
  • 29 days absence means 85% attendance
  • 38 days absence means 80% attendance
  • 47 days absence means 75% attendance

Children with over 90% attendance at school are more likely to gain five or more A to C GSCEs or equivalent qualifications.Children with less then 85% attendance at school are unlikely to gain five A to C GCSEs or any qualifications.

Poor punctuality

Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning: 

  • Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year
  • Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year
  • Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year

19 days lost a year through being late means 90% attendance. 

If your child attends school, they are more likely to get on in life.If your child regularly misses school, they are more likely to become involved in anti-social behaviour.

Your child's education is your child's future. Don't let them waste it.

Our Target for 
attendance is 97%


Facts and figures

Every school day counts towards your child's future. Days off school add up to lost learning. In total, there are 175 non-school days a year. This gives families the opportunity to: 

  • Spend time together
  • Go on family visits
  • Go on holiday
  • Go shopping
  • Go on days out
  • Attend routine appointments

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