At Stokesley School we expect all students to maintain a high standard of attendance. There is a clear correlation between good attendance and high attainment, so ‘being the best we can be’ starts with attending school regularly and punctually. We define good attendance as being 96% or above.
Our Form Tutors, Heads of House and Attendance Officer monitor attendance carefully and liaise with parents to ensure each student’s attendance is maximised.
Parents can help by:
Ensuring your child attends school and is punctual.
Reinforcing the importance of good attendance and the link between attendance and progress.
Informing school in advance of any planned absences, e.g. medical appointments that cannot be made out of school hours.
Informing school by 8.30am on the morning of the first day of an unplanned absence.
Contacting your child’s form tutor if you have any concerns that may affect attendance.
Leave of absence and family holidays
Family holidays should not be arranged during Term Time. The Department for Education announced that from 1st September 2013 that there is no entitlement for parents to take their child on holiday in term time. Any absences for leave must be only in exceptional circumstances and a request must be made to the Head teacher. For more information regarding this go to https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence .
Exceptional circumstances would be classed as bereavement or extreme family circumstances.
Taking a holiday during term time, persistent absence, or persistent late arrival to school may result in a referral to the Education Welfare Service and may lead to prosecution proceedings, or a Fixed Penalty Notice. If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued, a separate Notice would be issued to each parent for each child. If the penalty notice is not paid each parent may be liable to prosecution at the Magistrates Court, and if proved, each notice may receive a criminal conviction and/or a fine to the maximum of £1,000 plus costs.
- 90% attendance means missing 4 whole school weeks which is 100 hours of lessons! Over the 5 years at High school that is the equivalent of missing half a school year!
- Missing 17 days in one year can mean dropping a full grade at GCSE.
- A two week holiday in term time will automatically reduce your child’s attendance to less than 95%
- Good attendance promotes lifelong skills
- Attendance is the first thing colleges and employers ask about