Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance: Why does it matter?
Attendance has a major impact on your child’s academic performance:
- Students whose attendance is above 95% will achieve an average of seven or eight GCSE qualifications at grades 9 to 4
- Students whose attendance drops below 93% will attain on average only two or three GCSE qualifications at grades 9 to 4
- Therefore good attendance will have a big influence on your child’s later prospects in adult life
What are the legal responsibilities of parents?
To ensure that your child is educated at school.
What does this actually mean?
Your child must:
- Attend school regularly
- Arrive at school on time
- Be suitably clothed for school
- Be equipped, ready and in a condition to learn
Your child must not be kept away from school for:
- Family holidays
- Looking after brothers or sisters
- Visiting relatives Long weekends
- Shopping trips
If you keep your child away from school for any of the above reasons you are breaking the law.
Why do children not attend school?
There are many reasons why children fail to attend school:
- Problems with school work
- Fear of failure
- Peer group pressures
- Family problems
- Lack of parental control
Talk to us if you are having difficulty getting your child into school. We can work together to resolve the problem!