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Attendance and Punctuality

There is no doubt that there is a strong link between success at school and a high level of attendance. Therefore unless your child is really too unwell to attend, in which case the best place for him or her is at home, please support the school by ensuring regular attendance at school. Every day your child is absent impacts on their education. A 90% attendance rate (19 days missed over a school year) affects your child’s chances of success by a drop of one grade at GCSE across all subjects. 

Please look at the slideshow below for an illustration of the impact of missing school.

Strategies for Improving Attendance

  • Inform the school immediately on first day of absence
  • After illness make sure your child makes a prompt return to school
  • Take holidays only during the school holiday periods
  • Make medical and dental appointments outside school time when possible
  • Monitor your child’s attendance closely
  • In cases of prolonged absence or sporadic attendance the Educational Welfare Officer will be alerted who will then make direct contact with the family

Punctuality

The school day begins at 8.30am, the first bell is rung at 8.25am and all students should go to their form room for Registration at this time.  

Lateness = Lost Learning

5 minutes late each day = 3 days lost, 10 minutes late each day = 6.5 days lost, 15 minutes late each day = 10 days lost.