Regular and punctual attendance of students is both a legal requirement and crucial to a student's success - there is a clear link between a high rate of attendance and high achievement. If students are not in lessons they cannot learn!
90% attendance over five years at secondary school equates to half a school year being missed.
80% attendance over five years at secondary school is the same as one whole school year being missed.
The greater the attendance, the greater the achievement
- 93% attendance gives your child a 73% chance of achieving 5 A*-C grades in their GCSEs.
Below 90% attendance, gives your child only a 27% chance of achieving 5 A*-C grades in their GCSEs.
If a student is ill
Please contact the college on 0116 282 4326 and select option 2 should your child be too unwell to attend. Please do this by 10am on the first day of absence. A note explaining the absence should be brought in on return to college.
Please attempt to make any appointment to see the dentist, optician and doctor outside of college hours. If this is unavoidable, please ensure that your child attends college before / after the appointment. Medical evidence should be provided for all appointments.
Family holidays in term time
Families are requested to book their holidays to coincide with the college holidays. Holidays in term time will only be authorised for exceptional reasons. Whilst we appreciate the differences in the price of holidays during the school holiday period compared to term time, it is important to note that government guidance clearly states that financial reasons are not ‘exceptional reasons’.
If your child has unauthorised leave of absence you may either be issued with a penalty notice of £120 per parent per child (discounted to £60 if paid within 21 days), or your case could be referred by the Local Authority directly to the Magistrates' Court.