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Attendance - How well does your child fair?

MissSchoolMissOut Attendance Policy

Why is high attendance important to my child's education?

98% - 100%

Excellent Attendance

96% - 98%

Possibility of Underachievement

90% - 96%

Risk of Underachievement

Less than 90%

Extreme Risk of Underachievement


As a parent/carer you want the best for your children. Having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life. Did you know that:

  • a child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life
  • 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all
  • poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
  • poor school attendance is also closely associated with crime. A quarter of school age offenders have truanted repeatedly
  • at least 1 million children take at least one half day off a year without permission
  • 7.5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence.

 Absence from school

Children are required by law to attend school 190 days a year. The government states that every pupil’s attendance should be at least 96%. Being LATE after registration will also LOWER your attendance.

Attendance during one school year

Equals – days absent

Which is approximately weeks absent


9 days

2 weeks


19 days

4 weeks


29 days

6 weeks


38 days

8 weeks


48 days

10 weeks


GCSEs may seem a long way off for you and your child, but all absence at any stage leads to gaps in your child’s learning. This in turn can:

  • mean that they fall behind in work
  • affect their motivation
  • affect their enjoyment of learning
  • lead to poor behaviour
  • affect their desire to attend school regularly
  • affect their confidence in school
  • mean they miss out on the social life of school and extra-curricular opportunities and experiences
  • affect their ability to have or keep friendships.

If you need support with attendance, then please contact Mrs Kefford, our Home Family Link Worker and she will do her best to help. 

If you require to authorise an absence please collect request form from the office at least 2 weeks before the required dates or as soon as possible.  The request forms will then be reviewed by the Head of School and an answer given.

Please click onto the link MissSchoolMissOut for further advice and support. 

Tel: 023 92375302

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