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Good school attendance gives your child the opportunity for success and helps develop skills for life. Your child should attend school every day unless there is an unavoidable cause, such as illness.
You can report a student absence via the Studybugs app or by clicking on the banner at the top of this page..
If there is an issue, please contact the school Attendance Officer or Head of House to seek support and advice. Our Attendance Officer can be contacted on 01384 296596.
You can request a leave of absence using our online form here.
We place a high priority on good attendance and punctuality.
We believe that it promotes effective learning and has a significant impact on personal development, progress and attainment, whilst at and beyond school. Regular attendance is crucial if students are to reach their potential and be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and
achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic success.
We strive to provide a welcoming environment for all students and staff and will work with students and their families to ensure each student attends regularly and is punctual to both school and lessons.
We ask that parents inform the school either by phoning the attendance officer or texting of their child’s absence on the first day by 8.30am and each subsequent day of absence and provide their child with a note explaining the absence upon their return to school.
In turn, the school will inform parents of a student’s absence via text or phone as soon as possible, monitor student absence levels,
levels and reward where appropriate excellent attendance.
We work closely with Dudley Local Authority and are supported by an officer from the Education Investigation Service. There may be occasions where the school have to inform Dudley Local Authority, Educational Investigation Service regarding a student’s absence,
in this instance, parents will be kept informed where possible.
An attendance of 97% is expected. If attendance falls below this, it can have a significant impact on the number of lessons missed which impacts on progress and achievement. The table below outlines the impact of absence on the number of lessons missed.
|Attendance during the school year||Amount of days absent||Amount of weeks absent||Number of lessons missed|
|95%||9 days||2 weeks||60|
|90%||19 days||4 weeks||120|
|85%||29 days||6 weeks||180|
|80%||38 days||8 weeks||240|
|75%||48 days||10 weeks||300|
|70%||57 days||11 1/2 weeks||345|
An attendance record of 90% might seem good but is equal to one day missed per fortnight. If this continues from Years 7 to 11, a total of six month’s education will be lost.
An attendance record of 80% might seem acceptable but is equal to one day missed per week. If this continues from Years 7 to 11, a total of one year’s education will be lost.