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St Peter's School


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Improving attendance is a key development for St Peter’s and our students. We have the highest expectations of our students and every year a number of students end the year with 100% attendance demonstrating their desire to Learn, Aspire and Exceed. In 2014/15 9.4% students attended school every day.

In the academic Year 2014/15 St Peter’s Attendance improved to 94.1%. We are acutely aware of the clear link between attendance and attainment and so the school’s target for 2015/16 is 96%.


The graph shows that attainment and attendance are clearly linked. Y11 students with 100% attendance got As on average. Those with 95% attendance got Cs, those with 90% attendance got Fs and those with 85% attendance got Us.

This trend is a trend not only at St Peter’s but in all schools across the age range in the UK.

In 2015/16 we have been really pleased to see the attendance of key groups of students improving.

Students with a Statement or EHC plan have an attendance of 94.4% (up 2.9% from previous academic year) against a national average for Secondaries of 92.7%.

Students who speak English as an Additional Language have an attendance figure of 95%.

Our Persistent Absence students have been targeted to ensure improvement and currently 12.2% (an improvement of 1% from previous academic year) are classed as PA – meaning that they have missed 10% or more of their days this year This is better than the national average for secondary schools of 13.8%


Stage 1

Your child’s attendance is above 97%. They are absent less than six days in the school year
They are highly likely to achieve the best grades for their ability, enabling them to continue their studies and raise their earning potential in the world of work.



Stage 2

Your child’s attendance is 95-96%. They are missing up to 10 days in each school year – two weeks of school. YOU NEED TO TAKE ACTION NOW!
This amount of absence will make progress more difficult and reduce their level of success. You will be contacted by the school and you may be asked to supply medical evidence of any absences.

Stage 3

Your child’s attendance is between 94 and 92%. This means they are absent up to 15 days in each school year – three weeks of school.
Missing this much time will make it extremely difficult for them to keep up in lessons and make progress. We will monitor attendance carefully and discuss with the Education Welfare Officer.

Stage 4

EWO and Fixed Penalty Notice
Your child’s attendance is below 92%. 
This amount of absence will seriously affect their earning potential and life chances. As a parent you may face court action.

The school will issue a letter detailing a four week monitoring period for students below 92%. If attendance is below 90% during that period a Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued. The Penalty Notice will be issued before the end of the four week period if the student has already missed 10% or more of the total possible sessions.

The Educational Welfare Officer becomes involved with students whose attendance is below 90%. This may result in further fines or in legal action.


If your child is absent for any reason, please contact the school on each day of absence, before 8.30am.

If a student is absent for 3 or more consecutive days we request that medical evidence (for example a medical certificate, appointment card and permission to talk to the GP) is provided.

The absence line to call is: 01480 846770

If you are unable to leave a message please send your child in with a letter to explain absences when they return to school.

Term-Time Holidays/Leave of Absence

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The school is rarely able to authorise a holiday or leave of absence as we are critically aware of the impact missing school has on the student’s attainment. Students who have had more than 3.5 consecutive days of holiday or suspected holiday in any school year and who have had 3.5 consecutive days of holiday or suspected holiday in any of the three previous school years may be subject to a fixed penalty notice without a warning.

Year 11 and the Prom

For several years St Peter’s has operated an invitations system for the Y11 Prom. Many schools have seen the positive impact of this process and have rolled it out into their establishments. One of the key requirements for students has been attendance which has been successful in raising the level of attendance in Y11 over the last 3 years.

This year Y11 will need to have attendance that is at least 96% in order to receive and invitation to the Prom.


Case Studies and Examples

Student A

A student in Y11 in 2013/14 had poor attendance from Junior School and in other Secondary schools. This meant that she was significantly below her expected attainment when she joined St Peter’s and was in a habit of refusing to attend school.

With the support of the Heads of Department, Education Welfare Officer and the school Pastoral Team the student’s attendance slowly rose through her time at the school to 91%. She left with a good range of GCSE results enabling her to take up her college course.

Student B

Another student who currently attends St Peter’s has significant underlying medical conditions and anxiety that make it difficult to attend school. When this student joined St Peter’s from Primary their attendance was very low and they had failed to meet their expected progress. Through significant Pastoral support, individualised timetables and liaison with external agencies the student’s confidence has grown, their attendance and improved dramatically and they are now on a full time timetable of GCSE subjects.

Student C

When support is given and action is taken and no improvement is made the consequences for young people and their families can be very significant. At the end of the academic Year 2013/14 several cases were taken to court for persistent low attendance. Fines issued ranged from £60 to nearly £1000 due to the individual circumstances. Some of these fines were issued for holidays taken during term time.




    Christopher Bennet, Headteacher of St Peter’s School, said: “The recent Ofsted report highlights a number of significant improvements that have been made to the quality of teaching, pupils’ behaviour and the leadership of the school. However, despite these improvements the school was judged to be ‘inadequate’ overall due solely to a lack of record keeping regarding our safeguarding practices for a small minority of pupils.

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