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Attendance target: at least 96%
We encourage and reward good attendance. Every student’s good attendance is vital as it has a clear link with progress and attainment. Students need to come to school every day they are not ill.
We work closely with the Educational Welfare Service and Leeds City Council Children’s Services to deal with truancy, term time holidays and casual absenteeism.
Students who attend less than 85% (the equivalent of one and a half days off school per fortnight) count as Persistent Absence students and their names are reported to the Government. It has been shown statistically that students with 85% attendance will achieve at least one grade below expectation in all their GCSE subjects.
Over a period of five school years, a student with 85% attendance will have missed three quarters of a whole year of his/her schooling. Similarly, students with poor punctuality miss valuable lesson time and, if it happens regularly, progress will be jeopardised. Lateness to school will be sanctioned.
If you know your child will not be able to attend school, you must ring the school on the day of absence, for safeguarding reasons.
The best way to achieve good attendance and punctuality is to keep the routine going: coming to school on time every single day.
|Attendance %||Absence per week/fortnight||Absence per year ||Absence over 5 year period |
|95%||Half day||2 weeks||Quarter of a year|
|90%||Half day weekly||4 weeks||Half a year|
|85%||One and half days fortnightly||6 weeks||Three quarters of year|
|80%||One day weekly||8 weeks||One year|
|75%||Two and half days fortnightly||10 weeks||One and quarter years|
|70%||One and half days weekly||12 weeks||One and half years|
|65%||Three and half days fortnightly||14 weeks||One and three quarter years|
|60%||Two days weekly||16 weeks||Two years|
|55%||Four and half days fortnightly||18 weeks||Two and a quarter years|
|50%||Two and half days weekly||20 weeks||Two and half years|
The table below highlights how important punctuality is.
|Daily lateness ||Equates to... |
| 5 minutes late|| 3 days lost per school year|
| 10 minutes late|| 6.5 days lost per school year|
| 15 minutes late|| 10 days lost per school year|
| 20 minutes late|| 13 days lost per school year|
| 30 minutes late|| 19 days lost per school year|
Research shows that if a student misses 17 days in
a school year, he/she falls one whole grade below expected results in their
GCSE examinations across ALL subjects.
Attendance affects attainment: fact
Having analysed GCSE results and attendance, the facts are:
|Percentage attendance within a year||How students performed |
|0-50%||9 grades are below targets|
|60-70%||8 grades are below targets|
|70-80%||6 grades are below targets|
|80-85%||4 grades are below targets|
|85-92%||3 grades are below targets|
|Over 96%||2 grades are above predicted targets|