Students' achievement is directly related to their attendance; if a student is not in school, they are not able to access learning and the resources presented in class by teachers. Indeed, research conducted by Teachernet in 2009 found that "failure to attend school regularly can have a major impact on young people's education, their future and their life chances".
We take attendance very seriously at The King's. Not attending school is a problem that affects students, families and the community. Students with poor attendance are less likely to do well in school and when students are not in school, they are more likely to get involved in illegal activities in the community.
All absences are recorded as either 'authorised' or 'unauthorised':
- Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason: illness and other "unavoidable causes"
- Unauthorised absences are those, which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no "leave" has been given. This includes truancy.
When 90% is not enough!
Though in many situations 90% sounds like a good score, in attendance terms it is not.
An attendance of 90% across a school year is the equivalent of approximately 20 days of missed learning (a month of school). If 90% attendance is maintained over a student’s secondary education, this would mean 100 missed days of learning, or over half a year of education. Unbelievable, isn't it!
An electronic register is taken at the start of every lesson. This is tracked an monitored in school. Parents can see "live" attendance updates by accessing the Insight app on your smartphone, tablet or via the website.
How do parents and carers notify the school about absence?
To avoid your child having unauthorised absence, it is important that you contact the school on the first day of their absence before 8.30am and then on each subsequent day that your child is absent from school. Where we do not receive notification of absence, we are expected to make telephone contact with you directly.