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Attendance

Receiving a full-time education will give your child the best possible start in life. Attending school regularly and punctually is essential if students are to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

Our Attendance Team closely monitor all students' attendance and punctuality. If a student's attendance becomes a concern, contact will be made with the family and if there is no improvement the family may be required to attend a meeting at school to discuss the issue. Parents and carers are legally required to ensure their children attend school, and those that fail to do so may be liable to further action from the school and Local Authority.

We strongly discourage parents and carers using term time to book holidays and other out-of-school activities. Permission is only given by the Headteacher in extreme circumstances and if the student has an excellent attendance record.

To report a student absence please use one of the following channels:

Telephone: 01223 712300 (option 7)

Emails: col-enquiries@coleridgecc.org.uk

The Importance of Good Attendance

We reward those students whose attendance is good or better. The range of rewards we use includes certificates, tickets for Attendance Reward Concerts, and invitations to high profile events such as the Year 11 Prom which is held at Boughton House.

Regular attendance of students is closely related to their levels of achievement. This makes the issue of regular attendance of great importance. Under education legislation, parents have a duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly and punctually. Failure to do so, without reasonable excuse, can result in referrals to the Education Entitlement Service with the prospect of fines or prosecution for those parents, should a child’s attendance not improve rapidly.

What is Good Attendance?

It may be useful for you to know what attendance figures mean for your child.

All students should aim to have 100% attendance and we consider it a cause for concern if a student's attendance falls below 95%. The table below illustrates how much school time and lessons will be missed if students are absent from school.

 

Attendance

Days missed per year

Lessons missed per year

Excellent

100%

0

0

99%

2

12

Good

98%

4

24

97%

6

36

96%

7.5

45

Satisfactory

95%

9.5

57

Cause for concern

94%

11

66

87%

25

150

Unsatisfactory

86%

27

162

Serious cause for concern

85% or below

28.5 +

171 +

A full copy of our Attendance Policy can be found on our Policies page.

Further information on this topic can be found in our ‘How We Do Things Here - Attendance and Punctuality’ video below.