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Attendance

Attendance at school is important because there is such a strong link between attendance and achievement. Attendance matters because we want every student to achieve to their potential.

Every day counts

  • Students with good attendance are more likely to achieve better examination results and go on to have more successful careers.
  • All students should aim for 100% attendance and we will reward excellent or significantly improved attendance.
  • We will contact you if your child’s attendance falls below expectations to see how we can help to improve their attendance.

Be on time - so you don't miss out on learning. It's also good practice for when you get a job

  • Arriving 15 minutes late per day would mean missing 2 weeks of school over a year.

Call in sickness absence by 8.30am - phone the main school number and select the option for reporting an absence

  • Where possible please book dental and medical appointments after school.
  • If you are unsure if your child is genuinely unwell, please send them to school with a note and a contact number in case we need to call.

Let us know if there is a problem so that we can do something about it

  • This could be struggling with a particular lesson, having trouble with peers or anything that is putting them off coming to school.

If there is an exceptional reason to request an absence during term time please complete a request form.

Holidays during term time will not be authorised and unauthorised absence of 5 or more consecutive days are likely to result in a fine (£60 per parent per child).

We are legally required to challenge persistent absence and may be required to take legal action where attendance doesn't improve.

  • Persistent absence is considered as attendance of 90% or less.
  • We may have to refer you to the Local Authority to start Fast Track proceedings which could result in:
    • A fixed penalty notice of £60 per parent per child
    • A fine of up to £2500 or imprisonment

100% - Excellent
Make the most of all opportunities
96 - 99% - Good
Students who have over 95% attendance
are more likely to gain 5 or more A*-C
GCSEs or equivalent qualification.

91 - 95% - Below expectations
91.5% attendance = missing 17
days of school in a year. On average
this means that a student will drop
1 GCSE grade.

90% and under - Persistent Absence
Students with less than 90% attendance
are considered to be ‘persistently absent’
and unlikely to gain 5 A*-C GCSEs.
If your child falls into this category you
will be considered for intervention by the
school or Local Authority in order to help
increase attendance.

If you have any queries or concerns please call us and ask to speak to the Academy Attendance Officer.

WAN attendance team- Helen Thomas/Mike Tynan on 01953 88816514 ext. 252/256 or email hwatkins@waylandacademy.org.uk.