Students cannot be successful if they do not attend regularly, so every effort should be made to attend school whenever possible. The school stresses the importance of attendance and punctuality to all lessons, with a good record in this area rewarded through the Credit system of the school.
What can you as parents/carers do?
a. Authorised (approved reasons) absences from school are shown below:
b. The School, LEA and Government are concerned about unauthorised or unacceptable absences. These include:
REMEMBER: TELEPHONE US ON THE FIRST DAY OF ABSENCE, or SEND A NOTE EXPLAINING ABSENCE.
Absence Hotline Number: 08442 393065
Absence Alert Number (SMS) 07624 806848
Good attendance at school is acknowledged as a major factor in students’ development. Poor attendance leads to disrupted learning and causes under-achievement. Therefore, we ask that parents make every effort to ensure their children’s attendance is as high as possible.
Levels of Attendance
90% Attendance = Persistent Absentee (PA) students are identified as persistent absentees if they miss 10% or more of their own possible sessions.
90% - 92% = At Risk of becoming a Persistent Absentee (PA) student. If your child’s attendance reaches this level you will have been made aware of this fact. You may have received home visits or letters from the school regarding this low level of attendance.
92% - 95% = Needs Improvement If your child’s attendance reaches this level you need to engage with the school to introduce strategies to improve your child’s attendance and to prevent further absences.
95% - 97% = Satisfactory
97% = Good Attendance. It is expected that most children should reach this level of attendance.
Check out the newly created "Back to School" website by St Helens Council. This is a new website for parents, carers and their children and is part of the ‘All in’ attendance strategy. The site contains the latest government guidance for parents, some videos relating to top tips and will be added to as new documents are developed. https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/backtoschool