Good attendance is an essential part of any pupil’s success at school.
Kingsmeadow places great importance on attendance. Students may benefit from the many curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, only if they attend regularly.
We have appointed an Attendance Officer and have installed the most advanced system of electronic registration in the country. All students are registered in classes and meet with their form tutors once a day.
School operates on a system of first day absence call. If parents have not contacted the school between 8.30am and 10.30am informing us of a known absence, we will contact parents by either telephone, text or letter. By doing this, parents and school will be kept fully informed of the exact whereabouts of all students who should be in school.
When a student is absent from school we are required to state in our register the category of absence, e.g. illness, work experience, dental/medical treatment and so on. It is important, therefore, that parents try to advise the school immediately of the reason for a student’s absence and to confirm this in writing when the student returns. If the school is given no reason for the absence then it has to be categorised as “unauthorised”. Habitual late coming is unacceptable and, like non-attendance, can lead to prosecution.
The school target for attendance is 95% and we expect all students to aim for 100% attendance. 95% attendance means that 10 days of school are missed over a year, equating to 50 lessons missed. It has been proven when a pupil’s percentage attendance decreases so does their chance of success.
- If a pupil has an attendance of 93% or above then they have a 74% chance of gaining 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE.
- If a pupil has an attendance of 90% then their chance of gaining 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE falls to 44%
- If a pupil has an attendance of 88% or less then their chance of gaining 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE falls even further to just 26%
A number of courses are modular, which means pupils will sit GCSE examinations throughout Key Stage 4 and not just at the end of Year 11. It is very important that pupils do not miss these modular examinations for any reason.
Please note that holidays will not be granted in term time.
A copy of our Attendance Policy can be found here