Menu
Home Page

Attendance

Your role as a parent

All parents want the best for their children and a good education helps to ensure that children have the best start in life.  School equips them for succeeding both academically and socially so that they can achieve in their exams and learn how to make and manage relationships.

 

The more school children miss the harder it is to catch up. Statistics show that 90% of persistent absentees (those with attendance below 80%) fail to achieve 5 or more good GCSE grades, or equivalent.

 

Poor examination results limit young people's options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable.  Good school outcomes are the passport into higher education and better jobs.

 

What can you do?

  • Encourage good school attendance
  • Equip your child for school with the correct uniform, PE kit, school bag, books, etc.
  • Make time to discuss your child's day with him/her
  • Contact the school if your child is worried about something which is causing him/her to be reluctant to attend school
  • Advise school of reasons for absence and likely return date as soon as possible on the first day of such absence and daily thereafter if necessary
  • Make medical/dental appointments after school hours wherever possible
  • DO NOT take holidays during term time - this is not an entitlement and may be detrimental to your child's education.  Requests will be unauthorised
  • Contact your school's EWO if you need help or advice regarding attendance issues (tel 01483 518130)

 

It is your responsibility to make sure that your child attends school regularly and punctually.

 

We may issue Penalty Notices for unauthorised absences from school in line with Surrey Heath Learning Partnership.  Full details can be accessed here.

 

Impact of Poor Attendance

Each year there are only 190 statutory school days, 380 registration sessions.

This means there are 175 days for shopping, birthday treats, non-urgent medical and dental appointments, holidays etc.

If a child misses 16 days of school in a year – then they are out of school more than they are in.

If a child misses a day a week for their entire school life – it is equivalent to missing 2 years of school.

 

% Attendance

= % Attendance

= Days missed

= Weeks missed

= Years missed in Key Stages 1 and 2

100

0

0

0

0

90

10

19

4

0.5

80

20

38

8

1

70

30

57

12

1.5

60

40

76

15

2

50

50

95

19

2.5

40

60

114

23

3

30

70

133

27

3.5

20

80

152

30

4

10

90

171

34

4.5

 

Lates          5 minutes late each day is                         3 days lost each year

                        10 minutes late each day is                        6.5 days lost each year

                        15 minutes late each day is                        10 days lost each year

                        20 minutes late each day is                        13 days lost each year

                        30 minutes late each day is                        19 days lost each year

Top