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01/05/2020 HEADTEACHER LETTERS - please see Our News/Letters page: updated 20/11/2020
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17/11/2020 YEAR 11 PARENTS' EVENING VIA TEAMS: 30 November




Good attendance is essential for students to make progress with their learning.

If your child is ill, it is expected that you will ring the school office at the beginning of every day your child is absent.  We do operate a ‘first day absence’ call and, if you do not inform us, you will receive a telephone call or text message from the school with regards to your child’s absence.  An absence which cannot be accounted for will be regarded as an unauthorised absence or truancy and will count against your child’s overall attendance figure.  A build up of unauthorised absences may lead to Education Welfare input and subsequently lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice; this is a fine issued by the Local Authority.  10 absences trigger a fine and each absence is half a day, therefore 1 day is equal to 2 absences.  Fines are currently £60 per parent (please see Cheshire East information links posted below).

Students must return to school after medical and dental appointments wherever possible so that they can still gain attendance marks.  They must also produce a medical appointment card.


The school will inform you of your child’s % attendance at the end of each term.  Students achieving attendance of over 95% (the school’s given target) will receive a letter of congratulations.  They will also be eligible for rewards.

Students whose attendance falls below this percentage will be monitored and supported to ensure that improvements are made.


Parents of students with attendance rates which fall below expected levels (below 90%) may be referred to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) and are now called ‘persistent absentees’.  Specific measures will be put in place to address this.


Students are missing out on their learning if they go on holiday during term time.  Holidays during term time will not be authorised.  Any applications for a term time holiday must be agreed well in advance by the Headteacher, but it is not likely that there would be authorisation.




ATTENDANCE MATTERS - If your child’s attendance is 90% overall:

  • They could have missed half a day per week throughout the year.
  • This could be as much as 6 hours of lessons every 2 weeks.
  • That’s up to 12 hours of lessons missed each month.
  • In a school year that means a pupil has missed 4 whole weeks, that’s 100 hours of lessons.
  • If this is continuous over 5 years a pupil will miss half a school year.

As a school, if we can improve attendance by just 1% there will be a 5-6% improvement in a pupil’s attainment (DfES).

Our School Target is 95%

Please help us and yourself by ensuring your child’s attendance remains high.

What if my child doesn’t want to go to school?

Some children are reluctant to attend school, or look to their parents to provide them with an excuse.  Never give in to pressure to let a child stay off school, it may make things worse.

If you are experiencing problems, talk to our Attendance Coordinator as soon as possible.  Don’t wait until the situation escalates.  Most problems can be resolved once the school is made aware of the situation.

If the problems are in school, like bullying or study difficulties, letting your child stay away will only make things more stressful later.  We can often offer practical ideas to help make things better, but we can’t do anything if you don’t talk to us and encourage your child to do the same.

Absence affects learning: Research suggests that 17 missed school days a year equal to a drop in one grade. One school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons Missed - Attendance is important.

Read here Attendance and Holiday Information (62kb PDF) 

Read here Attendance information With Polish Translation (PDF, 52KB)


Files to download from Cheshire East Council

Helping your child to attend school leaflet (169kb pdf)

Taking children on holiday during term time leaflet (270kb pdf



Attendance policy (Students) - please refer to our Polices page