In the academic Year 2013/14 St Peter’s Attendance improved to 94.8%. We are acutely aware of the clear link between attendance and attainment and so the school’s target for 2014/15 is 96%.
The graph shows that for the academic year 2013/14 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.
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.
Your child’s attendance is 95% plus. They are absent less than 10 days in the school year
They will probably achieve grades that will allow them to continue their studies and raise their earning potential in the world of work.
Your child’s attendance is 90-95%. They are missing up to 20 days in each school year – a full month!
This amount of absence will make progress more difficult and reduce their level of success. You may be asked to supply medical evidence of any absences.
Your child’s attendance is between 85-90%. This means they are absent up to 30 days in each school year – Six weeks
Missing this much time will make it extremely difficult for them to keep up in lessons and make progress.
Your child’s attendance is below 85%. YOU NEED TO TAKE ACTION NOW!
This amount of absence will seriously affect their earning potential and life chances. As a parent you may face court action. The Educational Welfare Officer becomes involved with students whose attendance is below 85%. This may result in a fine or in legal action.
If your child is absent for any reason, please contact the school on each day of absence, before 8.30am.
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.
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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 95% in order to receive and invitation to the Prom.
Case Studies and Examples
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 XX%. She left with a good range of GCSE results enabling her to take up her college course.
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.
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.