Attendance and Absence

Regular attendance is vital for success both at school and in the work place.  Good attendance constitutes 95%.

Attendance Percentages

90% in a test is a good score; 90% attendance isn’t – it’s the same as having nearly 4 weeks off school in a year!  See the grid below:

Attendance Percentage

Number of SESSIONS missed

Equivalent Number of DAYS Missed

Equivalent Number of WEEKS Missed

Equivalent Number of LESSONS Missed

100%

0

0

0

0

95%

19

9.5

2

48

90%

38

19

4

95

85%

57

28.5

6

143

80%

76

38

8

190

75%

95

47.5

9.5

238

70%

114

57

11.5

285

 

  • 17 days of school missed = 1 GCSE grade dropped (on average)
  • 17 school days missed = 91.1% attendance for the year
  • 34 school days missed = 82.1% attendance for the year

 

Reporting an Absence - First Contact

First contact is operated for all students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

  • If you know in advance that your child will be away, then we ask you to write in a note explaining the intended absence.
  • If your child arrives in school after registration, we ask that they go straight to the Data and Performance Office and sign in before reporting to their lesson.
  • If your child is ill, you are asked to contact school on 01993 703955 by 9.00am on the morning of the day of absence and leave a message or, alternatively, text 01993 402039.  You are asked to do this every morning after that unless you have informed us in writing in advance.

If we do not receive a call or text and your child does not arrive in school, we will text you to let you know.  It is therefore vital that we have accurate contact numbers.

“First Contact” enables us to quickly determine that a student who is absent is genuinely ill and safely at home.  In the past, we could not be sure of this until an absence note was supplied on the student’s return.

It is also true that some students will consciously stay away from school without a medical reason.  We need to know when this is happening because a pattern of truancy is easily established and often hard to break, now and in later life.

Holidays in Term Time

New regulations came into force on 1st September 2013 stating that Headteachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Headteachers will determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

Absence in Term Time (non-medical)

If you wish to request absence in term time for your child, please download an application form here or contact  Reception (tel. 01993 703955).  Completed application forms should be sent to the Headteacher 4 weeks in advance of the absence requested.  Application forms should also be completed for compassionate leave requests and as much notice as possible is requested.

Downloads

Absence Date  
Absence Application Form HBS 15th Dec 2017 Download