Attendance Administrator: Mrs Brisbourne 01271 869257


If you got 90% in a quiz or test you would probably think you had done well? In terms of school attendance however, the Government identifies students with attendance below 90% as persistent absentees. The average attendance rate for secondary age students is 95% with many achieving 100% attendance.

The reason we become concerned when a student’s attendance falls towards 90% is that there is a direct and proven link between attendance and attainment in school. Students who miss 10% of schooling do not achieve their potential, fall behind with work and make less progress than those whose attendance is good. They find it very difficult to catch up with work they have missed, often have poorer social relationships and some have increased behaviour problems.

If you find yourself receiving repeated letters about your child’s attendance it is because we place a high value on your child’s education and want them to do as well as they can, to reach their full potential and to be happy in school. I’m sure this is what you want for your child as well.

Below you will see a graph showing the exam results for a previous year. It clearly shows that those students with attendance rates below 85% achieved far fewer GCSE’s at grades A to C than those with regular attendance.



The news is full of reports about high unemployment rates for 16 to 23 year olds. Many of those will be young people with few or no qualifications. Don’t let that happen to your child. Make sure they attend school regularly and are ready to learn.

Clive Robins

Education Welfare Officer


Absence from School

To request absence from school in exceptional circumstances please download and complete the form below. The form should then be given to your child’s pastoral co-ordinator to be assessed.

S2 Absence Request Form