“Working together to raise achievement”
Why attendance matters
If students are to achieve their potential, good attendance and punctuality are critical. The link between attendance and achievement is well documented. Figures from the Department for Education demonstrate this very clearly.
We want all our students to achieve the very best examination results that they can. Irregular attendance, can, however, have a significant impact on student achievement. Students with irregular attendance…
- Get behind with work
- Lose the thread of the topics being taught
- Become demotivated on return to school
- Lose friendships
- Miss out on important careers and guidance inputs
- Miss out on extra curricular opportunities
- Are less likely to feel part of the school
What is good attendance?
Parents/carers and students often become confused about what good attendance is. In discussions with the Educational Welfare Service, Vandyke has introduced the following guide for parents:
98% – 100% outstanding
96% – 98% excellent
94% – 96%
90% – 94% cause for concern
Below 90% serious cause for concern.
It should be remembered that 90% attendance is equivalent to one day of absence every fortnight. Over an academic year this amounts to four weeks of absence (100 lessons missed!)
We will contact you if we have concerns about the attendance level of your son/daughter. We also reward students who attend well and are punctual through our system of achievers’ assemblies and certificates.