Attendance Matters

Good attendance is essential to academic success. That’s why we at George Stephenson High School are committed to raising awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing persistent absenteeism each school year.


Good school attendance means.....

Nursery School children Primary School children Secondary School children College & University students Employees
Are ready to read by the time they go into Reception Achieve well by the end of Key Stage 2 Achieve at least their expected levels of progress at GCSE & A-level Are successful graduates Succeed in their jobs

Persistent absence is described as missing 10 percent of the school year - that’s just two days a month or about 19 days in the year - for any reason, excused or unexcused. That’s the point at which absenteeism begins to affect student performance. Research shows that missing ten percent of the school year negatively affects a student’s academic performance. The academic impact of missing that much school is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for progressing onto post-16 education or employment.

The critical steps we as a school use to help stem persistent absenteeism:

  • We work with you and your child to build a habit and a culture of regular attendance
  • We aim to identify and address any barriers to getting your child to school, and
  • We regularly use data to determine when and with whom persistent absence is a problem.

Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways.

Whole school attendance update - February 2018

Please note that any absence from school during term time will seriously disrupt the continuity of your child’s learning and will have an impact on their present and future achievement. Parents/Guardians must ensure that their child attends school regularly - failure to do so is a criminal offence. 

In an effort to improve whole school attendance, as of the week beginning 19th February 2018, any students who have attendance of 85% or lower will no longer have absences authorised without supporting medical evidence (e.g. a doctors’/hospital note, appointment card, prescription form etc.).  

Any unauthorised absences (those not supported by supporting medical evidence) could lead to a referral to the local authority Attendance and Placement Service which will issue an official Final Warning.  Should attendance deteriorate further, a Penalty Notice (a fine) or further legal action can be taken. We thank parents for their continuing support in ensuring that their child attends school regularly.  

Government advice for parents on school attendance and absence: