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Attendance

This weeks form attendance winners by year group:

Key reasons why it is so important that your child attends school

Young people who regularly miss school without good reason are more likely to become isolated from their friends, to underachieve in examinations and/or to become involved in anti-social behaviour.

 

 

What is excellent attendance? 

At Whitcliffe Mount School, we know that attending school on a regular basis will lead to achieving well at school.

95% is not good attendance. 95% is on average ½ a day absence from school per fortnight. All students should aim for excellent attendance – 100%

If you child’s attendance falls below 90% he/she will be classed as a ‘Persistent Absentee Student’. National data proves that 90% of students classed as Persistent Absentees fail to achieve five or more good grades at GCSE and approximately one third achieve no GCSEs at all.

 The table below shows the number of school days missed over the year that would lead to your child becoming a ‘Persistent Absentee’

 

 Did you know that missing 17 school days per year can result in a drop of 1 GCSE grade?

Attendance over the school year

Number of lessons missed per year

Number of weeks missed per year

Number of years missed over 5 years

100%

0

0

0

95%

50 Lessons

2 Weeks

¼ Year

90%

100 Lessons

4 Weeks

½ Year

85%

150 Lessons

6 Weeks

¾ Year

80%

200 Lessons

8 Weeks

1 Year

70%

300 Lessons

12 Weeks

  1½ Years

60%

400 Lessons

16 Weeks

2 Years

50%

500 Lessons

20 Weeks

2½ Years

 

Chances of Success in GCSE/equivalence

 

Excellent attendance and positive ATL = Great examination results = Higher earning potential

How can parents/carers help? 

  1. Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead – get uniform, bag and equipment ready.
  2. Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
  3. Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.
  4. Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school times.
  5. Always inform school if your child is absent due to illness. Make contact on each day they are absent.
  6. Truancy is a safeguarding issue – if your child is not attending school as you expect they may be putting themselves at risk – Who are they with? What are they doing?
  7. Take family holidays outside term time. Leave of absence requests will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. There are 175 days every year away from school available for families to spend time together including weekends and holidays.
  8. Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work (including homework).
  9. Attend parent/carer’s evenings, meetings and school events.
  10. Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.
  11. Always support school staff in their efforts to resolve difficult or challenging behaviour concerns.
  12. Discuss any problems or difficulties with school – staff are there to help and will be supportive.

 

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