At Stokesley School we expect all students to maintain a high standard of attendance. There is a clear correlation between good attendance and high attainment, so ‘being the best we can be’ starts with attending school regularly and punctually. We define good attendance as being 96% or above.
Our Form Tutors, Heads of House and Attendance Officer monitor attendance carefully and liaise with parents to ensure each student’s attendance is maximised.
Parents can help by:
Ensuring your child attends school and is punctual.
Reinforcing the importance of good attendance and the link between attendance and progress.
Informing school in advance of any planned absences, e.g. hospital appointments that cannot be made out of school hours, and only taking the minimum amount of time off required for the appointment.
Making all non-urgent doctor and dentist appointments outside of school hours or in the school holidays.
Informing school by 8.30am on the morning of the first day of an unplanned absence.
Contacting your child’s form tutor if you have any concerns that may affect attendance.
Leave of absence and family holidays
Family holidays should not be arranged during term time. The Department for Education make it clear that there is no entitlement for parents to take their child on holiday in term time. Any leave must be only in exceptional circumstances and a request must be made to the Head of House, in the first instance, at least 21 days in advance of the proposed absence.
Exceptional circumstances would be classed as bereavement or extreme family circumstances not cheaper holidays or issues with parental leave.
Taking a holiday during term time, persistent absence, or persistent late arrival to school will result in a referral to the Local Authority and will lead to prosecution proceedings, or a Fixed Penalty Notice. Fixed Penalty Notices amount to £60 but this rises to £120 if it is not paid in 21 days; if the fine remains unpaid, you may be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school. You can find more information about the legal action local councils and schools can take at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence/legal-action-to-enforce-school-attendance. Stokesley School will be consistent in its application of penalties for unauthorised or persistent absence as we have a duty of care to educate your child and can only do that if they are in school.
- 90% attendance means missing 4 whole school weeks which is 100 hours of lessons! Over the 5 years at High school that is the equivalent of missing half a school year!
- Missing 17 days in one year can mean dropping a full grade at GCSE.
- A two week holiday in term time will automatically reduce your child’s attendance to less than 95%
- Good attendance promotes lifelong skills
- Attendance is the first thing colleges and employers ask about