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Attendance Matters



Good attendance for a pupil is at least 97%

(this is no more than 6 days of absence over the whole year)

Which group does your child fall into? The long term effects may surprise you.


97% and above – Less than 6 days absence a year!  Pupils with this attendance should achieve the best possible outcomes.


96% –  8 days absence in a year. Good attendance. Pupils with this attendance are more likely to achieve their academic targets. .


90% – 20 days absence over the year. Pupils with this attendance are missing approximately a month (20 days) of school per year and may fall behind in Maths, English and other subjects; it will be difficult for them to achieve their best. With this level of attendance, the Department for Education consider children to be a ‘Persistent Absentee’.


85% – 30 days absence in a year. These pupils are missing approximately 6 weeks of school a year. It will be very difficult for them to keep up and achieve their best.


80% – Pupils with this attendance are missing a day for every week of school! It will be almost impossible to keep up with their work. Parents of pupils with this level of attendance will be made known to the LA and it is possible that they will face legal action.


Benefits of Good Attendance

 = at least 97%

Consequences of Poor Attendance

= less than 97%

Easier to make and keep friends

Difficult to make and keep friends

Develop good habits and life-skills

Develop poor habits and life-skills

Pupils learn more and improve

Pupils fall behind and don't catch up

Easier to enjoy school

Difficult to enjoy school

Easier to gain qualifications*

Difficult to gain qualifications*

Easier to achieve the their potential

Difficult to achieve their potential

Increases work and careers prospects

Limits work and careers prospects

*Government statistics show that compared to someone with no qualifications, those with qualifications earn, on average, significantly more in their future jobs and careers. For example:


Those with GCSE's = 20% more


Those with A' Levels = 38% more


Those with Higher Education Qualifications = 65% more


Those with a Degree = 105% more (more than double!)


It's worth it to come to school!


What are unacceptable reasons to be off school?

Feeling a bit unwell or have the sniffles

It’s their birthday

To go shopping

The day after Mother’s Day or any other celebration

Holidays - these are never authorised unless for exceptional circumstances


Even when children have 'sniffles' or don't feel 100% they should still come to school. More often than not, they feel better as the days goes on. If they don't feel better or get worse, we will always contact you and you can come and get them.