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Attendance and Punctuality
SGHS definitions of attendance
- Our attendance target for all students is 100%.
The visual below shows the impact of days missed and minutes late on a child’s learning.
Why is excellent attendance important?
Excellent attendance and punctuality are essential for students’ success at school; establishing positive life habits that enable students to achieve their full potential. Research has found that students with 95% attendance will achieve a grade higher on average than a student with 85% attendance. If a student misses 10% of lessons, then a student can expect to drop a grade.
Through attending regularly, students can:
- Engage in essential learning and other school social events.
- Build friendships and develop social groups.
- Develop life skills necessary for future success
Important Attendance and Safeguarding Reminders.
- Parent/Carers must report absence on every day to the school that a student is absent before 8.30 am via the absence line; 01756 707610 or email@example.com
- When absence is due to illness, parent/carers must always inform the school of the nature of the illness.
- If the school is not notified of a student absence parents/carers will be contacted by phone call or email by the Student Services team
- If parents/carers give no reason for absence, then this is an unauthorised absence. Failure to notify school is a safeguarding
- If your child is absent for 3 consecutive days, a parent/carer must explain the absence in writing.
- Skipton Girls’ High School will request a medical letter when a student is absent for 10 days.
- Term time leave of absence will only be granted by the Deputy Headteacher in exceptional circumstances, applications must be made at least 3 weeks before the absence.
- Medical and dental appointments should be made outside of school hours, wherever possible.
The school can only authorise absence for the reasons below:
|All students should be in school no later than 8.45am.|
|Students who arrive after 8.50am will be marked as late (L).|
|Students who arrive after 9.10am will be marked as a (U) code which is unauthorised absence.|
Working together to improve attendance
We are passionate about working with students and families to ensure rapid improvements in attendance. Where improvements in attendance do not occur, please see our Stages of Intervention below:
Daily contact from the Attendance Team.
Fortnightly Development and Achievement Team meetings to
Stage 1: Early Intervention
Attendance pattern is a cause for concern.
Stage 2 – Student Meeting
Student is a risk of overall persistent absence if this attendance pattern continues.
Stage 3 - Attendance Plan
Student is persistently absent (90% ). Attendance Support Plan
Stage 4 – School Panel Meeting with student and parents
Student is at risk of severe absence if attendance pattern continues.
Stage 5 – Referral to local authority
Student is severely absent <50% attendance or has 10 or more
Stage 6 - Legal Interventions
If voluntary support not engaged with by parents/carers Local Authority