Promoting Excellent Attendance

Promoting excellent attendance to ensure that your child makes every minute of every lesson of everyday count

Attending school has a huge impact on your child’s academic success starting from reception all the way through to Year 11 and into the 6th form. Families play a vital role in making sure that their children get to school safely, regularly and on time. Here are some useful tips to help you.

Always make school a priority

  • Never make doctor, dentist or optician appointment during school time unless this is absolutely necessary.
  • If you do need to make an appointment in school time try to ensure that your child misses as little of school as possible.
  • We know that travel companies don’t make it easy for families, but never book a holiday during term time (it won't be authorised, your child will fall behind and you may be fined).
  • Don’t allow your child to stay off school to make things easier for yourself – this is against the law.
  • Don’t allow your child to miss school on Mondays and Fridays if you are going away for the weekend.
  • Don’t allow your child to take a day off because of the weather.
  • Don’t allow your child to take a day off for their birthday – this is completely unacceptable. 

Help your child to stay on track

  • Find out if your child is coping with their work and if they are up to date – missing school will make them fall behind.
  • Check your child’s attendance with school, you might not realise how much school they have missed.
  • Encourage your child to stay back at school to attend home learning clubs, booster sessions and extra lessons whenever they are offered.
  • If your child forgets their home learning, PE kit, stationery etc. or is not in correct uniform,  it will cause problems for them at school – please help your child become organised at home.

This table shows the average GCSE grade achieved by students at GSHS last year:

Attendance Average GCSE Grade
98% to 100% B-
95% to 98% C
90% to 95% C-
85% to 90% D-
Below 85% E+

 

Missing school will make your child fall behind in lessons and will impact on their academic progress and achievement.