If you know that your daughter is not well enough to come to school, please contact us as soon as possible:
Phone: 01722 328565
Guidance for Parents regarding Attendance
The Department for Education has ‘raised the bar’ in terms of what constitutes acceptable attendance. A student with less than 90% attendance over the course of the year is deemed to be ‘persistently absent’. The government rightly feels that schools need to intervene with students earlier. Consequently we have placed a greater onus on employing a range of interventions to help prevent students falling below the 90% threshold. The evidence to support the tightening of legislation provides worrying reading; of pupils who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% manage to achieve five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths. Clearly there is a link between absence and attainment, and as a school we need to be robust in our approach. Please do not be alarmed if a member of staff speaks to your daughter about attendance, as conversations are supportive in nature and are not a sanction.
We follow NHS guidance when deciding whether to authorise absence, and would advise that you read the information provided at the link below in order to assist you in making a decision about whether you should be sending your daughter to school if you are not sure.
- Headache. A child with a minor headache doesn’t usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult your GP.
- Sore throat. A sore throat alone doesn’t have to keep a child from school.
- Raised temperature. If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn’t attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better.
We expect all students to be on the school site by 8.15 a.m. every morning. Registration begins at 8.20 a.m. and the first lesson starts at 8.25 am.
- Students who miss registration need to report to the main reception before going to their first lesson.
- After lessons 1 and 2 (after 10.25 a.m.) late students need to report to the Attendance Manager’s office in Pastoral Support to discuss reasons behind being late. Reception staff will direct your daughter there if required.
- On rare occasions school buses are late, which cannot be helped. However, for all other occasions we ask for your support in taking all the necessary steps to ensure that your daughter arrives on time.