What can we all do to help?

What can we all do to help?

Why is high attendance important to my child's education?

As a parent/carer you want the best for your children. Having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life. 

  • A child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life
  • 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all
  • Poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
  • 7.5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence


GCSEs may seem a long way off for you and your child but all absence at any stage leads to gaps in your child’s learning. This in turn can:

  • Mean that they fall behind in work
  • Affect their motivation
  • Affect their enjoyment of learning
  • Lead to poor behaviour
  • Affect their desire to attend school regularly
  • Affect their confidence in school
  • Mean they miss out on the social life of school and extracurricular opportunities and experiences
  • Affect their ability to have or keep friendships
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What the school will do to help?

  • Provide the student with the best pastoral care the school can offer
  • Meet with the student to evaluate their attendance 
  • Contact home to provide updates when needed and keep parents/carers informed on                        attendance issues
  • Attend and organise attendance meetings
  • Be readily available to listen and act on any queries the parent/carer may have
  • Provide any additional support

What can parents do to help?

  • Make sure your child goes to school, regularly, arrives on time and adheres to the school’s rules on going to all lessons. It is a good idea to start these positive habits at an early age, whilst your child is in primary school
  • If your child starts missing school, we recommend that you work with the school to resolve any issues that may be preventing your child from maintaining regular attendance
  • If your child is ill, contact the school on the first day of the illness, stating the reason for the absence
  • If your child is ever off school you must tell school why. Do this by following the arrangements put in place by the school
  • Take an interest in your child’s school work

Where can I get information, advice and assistance from regarding my child’s school attendance?

Helpful Links

Click the Links below for more information
Attendance Homepage
Holiday Leave in Term Time
Current Attendance Figures
Persistent Absence and the Law

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