As you are aware, attendance at school plays a major role in the success of our students.
We expect 100% attendance, but we consider attendance at 98%+ to be good attendance.
Why attendance matters
Regular attendance at school is vital to help children enjoy and achieve. Children who frequently miss school often fall behind. There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results. Recent research suggests that below average attendance is likely to affect GCSE results by a minimum of one grade per subject. It also confirms that where previously poor attendance is improved results also improve. Regular attendance at school also show potential employers that a young person is reliable.
Parents and carers will be aware that at the start of this year we launched a new Rewards Scheme which recognises good attendance as part of the Standards Award. This award recognises a commitment to learning that we want our students to show on a daily basis at Philip Morant. Maintaining these standards over the course of the year results in the attainment of awards, including a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award as they progress through the school
In order to support our students still further, we are implementing a new system to encourage an improvement in this area. Please be aware that if your child’s attendance falls below 97% the school will action the following:
- If your child’s attendance falls below 97% – a House manager will have a conversation with the student about the importance of attendance.
- If your child’s attendance falls below 96%, you will receive a letter informing you of our concern and the student’s attendance will be monitored every two weeks.
- If there is no improvement in attendance, your child’s Head of House will contact you to discuss their concerns.
- If there is still no improvement, a member of our attendance team will contact you and hold a School Attendance Meeting Phone call (SAMP). You will receive a letter stating that all further absence will be unauthorised unless medical evidence can be provided for the absence.
- If your child’s attendance continues to fall, a legal action warning letter will be sent. A penalty notice will be issued if there is still no improvement after the legal action warning letter.
Holidays during term time will not be authorised unless in exceptional circumstances, as per statutory guidance from the department for education, and any unauthorised holidays taken during term time will result in the issue of a penalty notice.
This new system will start this spring term. However, if You have already received correspondence from the school regarding concerns over your child’s attendance, then these steps may not all be taken and you may be contacted to request medical evidence for future absence or to arrange a meeting.
Medical and dental appointments also affect a student’s attendance. Please contact the attendance officer if you have an appointment that you are unable to arrange out of school hours, and provide a copy of the appointment letter.
A close partnership between the school and home is essential to ensure the best possible attendance, and therefore outcomes, for all our students. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s House Manager, Head of House or our Attendance Officer Kelly Roast.
I look forward to celebrating good attendance with your son or daughter through the school’s Standards Rewards.
Mrs S Neill
Head of School