‘EVERY DAY MATTERS’
We are finding that this year the amount of holiday requests have increased significantly and therefore, wanted to remind parents that good attendance is key to academic success.
If you are unaware of the changes to the law regarding Term Time holidays then please see below:
Schools are no longer able to authorise time off other than for illness or unavoidable exceptional circumstances. We would ask therefore, that you do not request time off school for your child other than for the above, as all other requests will have to be rejected.
Please note that the law clearly states that the absence must be approved by the school in advance for it to be lawful. To do this please email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is then for the school to decide if the request will be authorised and is not a parental right.
We need to advise you that keeping a child off school without the approval of the school is against the law and will be subject to a fine of up to £120. Persistent offences can lead to parenting orders or other court action.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence for more information.
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.