As you are aware our school aspires to high expectations with regard to attendance. The school target is for every student to attain a minimum of 96% attendance for each academic year. It is proven that without a level of attendance equal to or exceeding 96% student performance is drastically reduced which, in turn, can reduce life chances of our students. Tracking student performance nationally over many years has clearly shown that high attendance = high performance.
Secondary school pupils with no absence from school are nearly three times more likely to achieve five A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths, and around 10 times more likely to achieve the English Baccalaureate, than pupils missing 15-20 per cent of school across Key Stage 4.
Missing even a short amount of time from school can reduce a pupil’s chances of succeeding at school by as much as a quarter.
44 per cent of pupils with no absence in key stage 4 achieve the English Baccalaureate - the package of GCSE qualifications that includes English, maths, science, history or geography and a language (our core curriculum). This figure falls by a quarter to just 31.7 per cent for pupils who miss up to just 14 days of lessons over the 2 years that pupils study for their GCSEs, which equates to around 1 week per year.
To support families in achieving this any student whose attendance falls below 90% is required to attend a meeting in school to look at reasons for absence and how, as a school, we can support both the student and the family in increasing their attendance. We do not authorise holidays within term time so any taken will directly affect thier attendance.