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Attendance target 95.5%

Attendance target 95.5%

We encourage and reward good attendance.  Every student’s good attendance is vital as it has a clear link with progress, attainment and more positive life changes. Students must come to school every day they are not ill.

Students who attend less than 90% (the equivalent of one day off school per fortnight) are classed as Persistent Absentees.  It has been shown statistically that students with only 90% attendance may achieve at least one grade below expectation in all their GCSE subjects.

Over a period of five school years, a student with only 90% attendance will have missed nearly two thirds of a whole year of his/her schooling. Similarly, students with poor punctuality miss valuable lesson time and, if it happens regularly, progress will be jeopardised. Lateness to school will be sanctioned.

If you know your child will not be able to attend school, you must ring the school on the day of absence, for safeguarding reasons.

The best way to achieve good attendance and punctuality is to keep the routine going: coming to school on time every single day.

Attendance %

Absence per week/fortnight

Absence per year

Absence over 5 year period

95% Half day 2 weeks Quarter of a year
90% Half day weekly 4 weeks Half a year
85% One and half days fortnightly 6 weeks Three quarters of year
80% One day weekly 8 weeks One year
75% Two and half days fortnightly 10 weeks One and quarter years
70% One and half days weekly 12 weeks One and half years
65% Three and half days fortnightly 14 weeks One and three quarter years
60% Two days weekly 16 weeks Two years
55% Four and half days fortnightly 18 weeks Two and a quarter years
50% Two and half days weekly 20 weeks Two and half years

The table below highlights how important punctuality is.

Daily lateness

Equates to...

 5 minutes late  3 days lost per school year
 10 minutes late  6.5 days lost per school year
 15 minutes late  10 days lost per school year
 20 minutes late  13 days lost per school year
 30 minutes late  19 days lost per school year

Research shows that if a student misses 17 days in a school year, he/she falls one whole grade below expected results in their GCSE examinations across ALL subjects.

Attendance affects attainment: fact

Having analysed GCSE results and attendance, the facts are:

Percentage attendance within a year

How students performed

0-50% grades are below targets
60-70% grades are below targets
70-80% grades are below targets
80-85% grades are below targets
85-92% grades are below targets
Over 96% 2 grades are above predicted targets