Colne Valley High School is committed to providing an excellent educational experience for all its students.
High attendance is a key to student achievement.
Attendance = Success!
At Colne Valley High School we insist that students attend school well. This is because we know that there is a direct link between excellent attendance and academic success. Students that attend well are more likely to enjoy and thrive in their lessons and are therefore more likely to be happy and successful.
Evidence shows that children with poor attendance are less likely to achieve good GCSE grades and are therefore less likely to secure college places once they leave. Research also suggests that students with poor attendance are more likely to be involved in antisocial behaviours outside of school. It is therefore vital that we all work together to ensure that students attend school well.
If a student has 90% attendance across a school year, they will have missed 20 days of school. That is 100 hours of learning!
Why is good attendance important?
- Students are more likely to succeed
- Students are more likely to secure college places and have better job prospects
- Students are more likely to enjoy their lessons
- Students are more likely to be happy both in and outside of school
- Students are more likely to develop resilience
How we support with attendance
We understand that some students find it more difficult that others to attend school. We therefore offer support in removing those barriers. If you are are struggling to get your child into school, please contact your child’s Achievement Coordinator for advice.
We expect that all students attend 100% of the time and we reward students for this. We also reward students who have an attendance of above 96% as part of our Club 96 initiative and students within this initiative are eligible for rewards at any time!
What is persistent absence?
If your child takes too much time off school they will become categorised as PA or persistently absent. (Attendance below 90% = persistent absence). Students with an attendance of below 90% on average perform at least 1 grade lower at GCSE across each subject. Don’t allow your child to become a PA student.
This table shows how many days missed each half–term will make your child a PA student:
How many days off will make your child a persistent absence student?
3 ½ days off school from September until October half-term holiday will make your child a PA student.
7 days off school from September until the Christmas holiday will make your child a PA student.
Half term 1-3
10 days of absence from September until February half-term will make your child a PA student.
Half term 1-4
Half-term 1-3 12 ½ days of absence from September until the Easter holidays will make your child a PA student.
15 ½ days of absence from September until May half-term will make your child a PA student.
19 days of absence for the full academic year (September to end of summer term in July) will make your child a PA student.
- On each day of absence parents/carers must inform the Academy by emailing email@example.com or call 01484 848680 and press 1 for Attendance, by 8.30am.
- Failure to do so will result in contact being made by the Attendance team (first day of absence).
- Where attendance falls below target levels over a prolonged period of time a letter of concern will be sent home and home visits undertaken.
- Continued concern will lead to further communications. These could include, forming attendance action plans, attendance panel meetings and possible prosecution in more serious cases.
We may issue a penalty notice if a student is persistently absent with no signs of improvement. The penalty notice is £60 for each parent of a child. Non-payment of a penalty notice will normally trigger a prosecution (under the provisions of section 444 of the Education Act 1996 or under provisions of S103 (3) of the Education and inspections Act 2006.
You need also be aware that if your child fails to return to school following 20 days of absence, they are at risk of losing their school place.
Colne Valley High School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its students.
Each students' welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable. Your child may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly. Safeguarding the interests of each child is everyone's responsibility and within the context of the High School, promoting the welfare and life opportunities for your child encompasses attendance, behaviour management, health and safety and access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
At Colne Valley High School we will:
- expect students to attend the school regularly, on time, properly equipped and ready to learn.
- maintain an effective system of incentives and rewards which acknowledges the efforts of students to maintain or improve their attendance and timekeeping.
- encourage good attendance and will communicate with parents/carers as soon as possible if there is a problem with attendance or punctuality.
- promptly investigate all absenteeism and lateness.
- work in partnership with parents/carers and students to resolve issues which affect attendance or punctuality as quickly as possible.
- include students' attendance in reports to parents/carers on achievement, at least annually, in the form of 'Creating Futures' information.
- enforce the requirement to attend school punctually and reserve the right not to authorise absence for persistent offenders or where there is no reasonable explanation.
- involve appropriate outside agencies in order to support vulnerable students and their families.
Colne Valley High School students will:
- Attend the school regularly and on time.
- Attend all lessons punctually