The Importance of Good Attendance
The aim of our policy is to outline the importance of regular attendance at school in order to emphasise the impact it can have on your son / daughter’s academic progress.
If young people do not attend school regularly, they will experience difficulty in keeping up with their studies. In addition, they also miss out on the many activities and opportunities that are on offer at Rhosnesni to support and nurture their growth into young adults.
Setting good patterns of attendance is vital. An attendance rate of 90% may sound impressive in the first instance, but it actually means that a pupil only attends for 4.5 out of every 5 school days. All pupils at Rhosnesni are therefore set an individual attendance target.
Educational research indicates that less than 40% of pupils in secondary schools with an average of 15 days or more absence per year get 5 GCSE passes. 17 missed school days a year could mean a drop in GCSE grade in all subjects. Please bear this in mind when deciding to book a holiday which will result in your son / daughter missing school for any length of time.
In addition to attendance, it is important to point out the need for pupils to be punctual. Pupils MUST be in their Tutor Rooms for the start of the school day at 8.45am. Late arrival to school and class is disruptive to the learning of other pupils and will result in a break time, lunch or after school detention.
Pupils who develop a pattern of poor attendance and lateness will be the focus of support from the Education Social Work Team who work with the school, pupils and parents to ensure that attendance patterns improve.
Please note that all pupils need to have an established pattern of good attendance i.e. over 90% in order for them to be considered for reward activities.
Why it is important to attend school?
Welsh Assembly Government legislation sets out an inclusive approach to provide for the well-being and education of children. This requires effective working partnerships between parents, pupils and school and the contribution of external agencies where this is appropriate.
The aim is for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances is to
‘Children and Young People—Rights to Action’ WAG