Attendance Bulletin

Friday 1st November


Dear parents and carers,

I hope you all had a restful half-term.  I’m writing to remind you of our attendance expectations so that we can work together to ensure that students attend school unless they are really very unwell. 

This is an 8 week term. It’s the term in which students tend to get colds and minor ailments and, as the evenings draw in, students’ attendance levels drop.  No-one likes having a cough or a cold but a good deal of the time, we are not too unwell to go to school or work. Quite often, young people feel better once they get into school, into their lessons and see their friends. So, we urge you all to send your children to school unless they are seriously unwell.

We know that there is a strong link between progress, attainment and attendance: if a student misses school they are missing out on their learning.  The figures below show you approximately how attendance rates correspond to lost learning:

Attendance rate %

Days missed by the end of the Autumn term (approx)

Days missed by the end of the Spring term (approx)

Days missed by the end of the Summer term (approx)

100%

0 days

0 days

0 days

95%

4 days

7 days

10 days

90%

7 days

13 days

20 days

85%

11 days

19 days

30 days

95% attendance = 10 days absent = 60 lessons missed

90% attendance = 20 days absent = 120 lessons missed 

85% attendance = 30 days absent = 180 lessons missed

Missed school time means … 

  • missed lessons which cannot be re-gained just by reading the notes afterwards; the live experience is where the learning happens
  • lost learning time which can feel stressful for students as there are gaps in their knowledge when they return
  • time lost with friends which can lead to anxiety and a sense of being left out. 
  • missed opportunities, for example support at help clubs, mentor support, trips, clubs, extra-curricular activities, speaker talks, competitions, sports, arts … and so on. 

Of course, there might be times when a student is genuinely not well enough to attend school but, for all the reasons above and more, we ask that we all work together to improve our young people’s school attendance.

Thank you for your support and we wish you all a healthy, happy second half of the autumn term. 

Best wishes,

Sarah Swan
Deputy Headteacher