It is the parent and carers responsibility to ensure your child, when of statutory school age (Year 7 – Year 11) has regular and punctual attendance at the school where they are registered. Therefore, should your child fail to attend school regularly without authorisation from the school legal action may be taken against the parents/carers, which could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or even prosecution. The current government threshold for regular attendance is 90% (10% absence meaning 19 full school days lost and 90 individual lessons missed) however, the national average for 2017 is now above 95%.
There is clear evidence linking poor attendance to low levels of achievement,
both nationally and within this school:
- Students who miss less than 5% of school, over 85% achieve 5 or more GCSE’s at levels 9 – 4 (A*- C)
- Students who miss between 10% and 20% , only 35% achieve 5 or more good GCSE’s
- Students who miss 50% or more, only 3% managed to achieve 5 or more good GCSE’s