"Pupils enjoy coming to school. They say they are very safe and exceptionally well looked after" Ofsted 2012
What an absence from school means for your child?
If a child is consistent at gaining 90% attendance it sounds pretty good but what does it mean?
90% attendance a year means they are missing the equivalent of:
- ½ day of school missed every week
- 4 weeks of school missed a year or
- 1 whole year over the child’s school life
Research by the DfE suggests that a child absent from school for 17 days each academic year equals a whole GCSE grade drop in achievement.
What is the impact?
Even a few days absence can impact on a child’s progress:
Children with less than 6 days absence = 91% achieved at least 5 GCSEs
Whereas those with more than 12 days = 36% achieved at least 5 GCSEs
So, 90% is not as good as it first seemed.
Illness and Appointments
If your child is going to be absent due to illness, please inform the school office before 9.00am. If your child has not arrived at school on time and we have not been informed we will ring to check they are safe and see why they are not in school.
If your child has a medical or dental appointment, please inform the school office beforehand.
Children must be collected from the school office for appointments, where they should be signed out before leaving school. If a child returns to school during the day, they must be signed back in.
Absence for Exceptional Circumstances
You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. There is, however, a discretionary power held by Headteachers to authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. Please note this is not an entitlement. The Headteacher will only authorise absence in line with the East Riding Behaviour & Attendance Partnership ‘ Absence from School for Exceptional Circumstances Policy’. Headteachers will not authorise absences if they believe it is to the detriment of a child’s education. Please note that supporting documents to aid decision making must be submitted at the time of your request for absence.
The Local Authority may issue Penalty Notices for unauthorised absences of 5 or more days. Each parent within the household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child they have taken out of school.
For further information please read the ERYC Information for Parents document.
Further details and an ’Absence from School for Exceptional Circumstances Request Form’ are available from the school office.
We are required to report on the rates of authorised and unauthorised absences for the school. The following figures apply to the academic year 2015/2016
Authorised absences 3.2% Unauthorised absences 0.7%
Read our Attendance Policy here.