Most children should routinely have attendance rates of 97% or more. This is the equivalent of 6 days absence per year. But 100% is achieved by many pupils at St John Fisher, 70 of them last year up from 57 in the previous year!
Research (by the Department for Education) has shown that 17 days absence in a year results in a drop of one grade at GCSE.
90% attendance is like having a day off every two weeks (20 days missed)
80% attendance is the same as having a day off every week (40 days missed)
For all absence – Parents / Guardians must ring or text school first thing to give the reason for absence and when the student is likely to be back. This should be followed up on the return to school with a Planner note.