‘EVERY DAY MATTERS’
Notifying the school about student’s absences:
‘Do you know what your child’s attendance is? Below are examples of poor attendance and the effect on your child’s education.’
These should be notified to the Attendance Office in advance of the absence eg. Medical appointment, theatre performances, music exams, sporting activities.
Request for leave of absence (Holiday). (Please refer to the schools Attendance Policy for further information concerning Leave of Absence request).
These should be notified to the Attendance Office in advance of the absence. Please note however that all holiday requests will be classified as unauthorised absence unless there are truly exceptional circumstances.
If you have a holiday request which you wish to be considered under ‘exceptional circumstances’ please write for the attention of The Headmaster.
Attendance Office O1869 242121 Ext 2132, 2131.
E mail : email@example.com
Please phone the school each day that your child is off unwell on 01869 242121 Ext 2132, 2131 before 8.30am please. There is a voicemail operating outside of office hours which allows parents to phone at their earliest convenience to leave a message. Please leave the name of your child, their Year, Form, and the reason for absence including an indication as to the likely number of day’s absence.
If for any reason you experience difficulties in trying to report your child’s absence by phone, there is an email address for reporting unplanned absences which is shown below.
If a student is not in registration and we have had no information from home about the absence, parents will be phoned to check the whereabouts of the student. If you receive such a call please reply as soon as possible, or if you realise you have not called before 8.30am please phone in as soon as you can. Please help the school by making the call yourself about your son/daughter’s absence.
Contact details : Attendance Office 01869 242121 Ext 2132, 2131. E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your child having low school attendance have a negative effect on their examination grades.
The answer is almost certainly YES!
We have analysed last year’s GCSE results at Cooper School and compared the grades of the students in the top 10% for school attendance against the lowest 10% for school attendance. The results clearly confirm other research findings that poor school attendance has a negative effect on grades achieved. Below are the results of the analysis.
Whole school % of students gaining 5 A*-C (including Math’s and English) 59.6%
% of Lowest 10% attending students gaining 5 A*-C (including Math’s and English) 38.1%
% of Highest 10% attending students gaining 5 A*-C (including Math’s and English) 91.3%
Whole school % of students gaining 5 A*-C. 63.6 %
% of lowest 10% attending students gaining 5 A*-C. 42.9%
-% of Highest 10% attending students gaining 5 A*C. 95.7%
So everyday matters, indeed every hour matters. Maximising attendance helps your son and daughter achieve better grades. Obviously we are all human and people get ill and may miss some school. If this is the case please inform the school as soon as you can so we are able to support your child’s learning at this time.