Why does Attendance matter?
There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement, in a nutshell – how can our scholars learn if they are not here?
- A scholar with less than 90% attendance will have missed more than 114 lessons per year, almost an entire half-term
- A scholar who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life
- Of scholars with less than 50% attendance, only 3% manage to achieve five or more GCSE’s at grade 9-5 including Maths and English
- Poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
- Poor school attendance is also closely associated with crime - a quarter of school-age offenders have truanted repeatedly
What we are doing?
At AGFS we are working hard to identify early concerns and issues which may be affecting a scholar’s attendance.
- We continuously promote the importance of good attendance throughout the school as a part of our culture.
- We have robust monitoring processes with corresponding action plans in place as outlined below.
- We ensure extensive support is offered to those who experience difficulties with punctuality and/or attendance.
- We reward scholars with 100% attendance but also reward for the most improvement to ensure everyone who prioritises attendance is rewarded.
Attendance Monitoring Process
Please review the coloured bars below for the corresponding actions which take place.
If a scholar’s attendance falls below 95%, you will receive letters triggering this concern and asking you to ensure your child attends school. Should your child's attendance continue to deteriorate, the attendance officer will meet with your child. If no improvement occurs your case will be passed onto the Education and Welfare Service officer who will then take further action to bring about prosecution for non-school attendance/unsatisfactory school attendance.
- BLUE: 100%
- Your scholar has excellent attendance
- Monitored by tutor and school attendance officer
- Scholars who achieve 100% attendance and punctuality for the entire term receive a special certificate in recognition of their efforts
- GREEN: 97-99%
- Your scholar has good attendance
- Monitored by school office and attendance officer
- AMBER: 90-96%
- Your scholar’s attendance is a concern and you will receive a letter to say we are monitoring it. This is the equivalent of between ½ a day to 1 day absent per fortnight
- Letters 1 is sent to parents/carers (reflective of what their scholar’s attendance is).
- When a scholar’s attendance falls below 90% parents meet with the Attendance and Education Welfare Officer.
- A fixed penalty notice where appropriate will be issued.
- The scholar may meet with the attendance officer to create an action plan.
- Scholars who show improved attendance are nominated by the school’s attendance officer and receive a reward in the fortnightly rewards assembly
- RED: <90%
- Your scholar’s attendance is a serious concern. Your scholar is classed as a ‘Persistent Absentee’. This is the equivalent of more than ½ a day absent per week
- Meeting with the Attendance officer and/or education welfare officer
- Attendance Support Plan set up in school
- Fixed Penalty Notice (where appropriate)
- Court Action (where appropriate)
- CAF (where appropriate)
If your scholar is unable to attend school, you must notify us by 8:00am using one of the methods below. The school should be updated on each and every day of absence.
Please use the scholar Absence Line on 0208 319 3692 and select Option 1 to leave your message – you must clearly state your scholar’s name, class and reason for absence. This line is not manned, you do not need to speak to a member of staff to report an absence.
Absence related emails should be sent to email@example.com (this includes notifying the school of appointments)
As per our attendance policy, medical appointments should be made outside of school hours where possible. Where this is not possible, the school require at least 2 days' notice for all medical appointments, excluding emergency appointments. You must inform the school immediately of any emergency appointments. You can send in your evidence of appointment to firstname.lastname@example.org once this has been approved by the attendance officer. The attendance officer will ensure the scholar’s planner has a note/sticker in their planner once approved.
How Medical Absence Affects Attendance
All absences, whether authorised or not, will affect a scholar’s overall attendance percentage. Therefore we strongly recommend that the scholar still comes to school before or/and after the appointment to attend school. We do not authorise all-day medical absences unless the appointment is based out of the area with no chances to attend before or after.
What happens if my child has to isolate or tests positive for COVID?
You need to inform the attendance officer with evidence by emailing email@example.com and your child will be coded for isolating or having COVID.