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Attendance

The Importance of Attendance

At The Matthew Arnold School we want the best for your children and this includes us all aspiring to have the best possible attendance, 97% and above.  The correlation between high attendance and high attainment at GCSE is evident and having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life. Good attendance in school will help to prepare students for the world of work, by embedding work place values.

Did you know that:

  • A child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life.
  • 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all
  • Poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
  • 7.5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence.

GCSEs for some may seem a long way off for you and your child but all absence at any stage leads to gaps in your child’s learning. This in turn can:

  • Mean that they fall behind in work
  • Affect their motivation
  • Affect their enjoyment of learning
  • Affect their desire to attend school regularly
  • Affect their confidence in school
  • Mean they miss out on the social life of school and extra curricular opportunities and experiences
  • Affect their ability to have or keep friendships.

 

Request of Absense During School Term Time

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which became law on 1st September 2013, state that the Head of School may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Head of School should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if leave is granted.

In accordance with the above Regulations, requests for leave of absence are treated sympathetically, but only in exceptional circumstances can they be approved.  The policy of Surrey County Council, to which this school has agreed, states that parents who take their child out of school for five days or more during term time, without the authority of the Head of School, will each be liable to receive a penalty notice. Penalty notices will be issued by the Local Authority.

The penalty is £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days of receipt of the notice. If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28-day period the Local Authority must prosecute the recipient for failing to ensure regular school attendance under section 444 Education Act 1996.

Please be aware that each parent is liable to receive a Penalty Notice for each child who incurs unauthorised absences, for example, if there are two parents and one child, each parent will receive one Penalty Notice.

If there are two parents and two children incurring unauthorised absences, each parent will receive two Penalty Notices, which in this case would amount to £120 each if paid within 21 days.

Please refer to our Attendance Policy, by clicking here.