97% SDCC Target for student attendance 2012 - 2013.
90% Equates to your child missing half a day a week.
80% Equates to your child missing 1 day a week – or a whole year’s education over the course of their secondary schooling!
Missing just 17 days in one year (90%) can cause a drop of a full grade at GCSE. Only about one in four students with attendance less than 90% achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs. Only about one in ten students with less than 80% attendance achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs And achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs can increase wages by 42%
Please ensure you know the dates of the school year, a printable calendar is available on the school web site – or phone for a copy. We cannot authorise absences where parents forget a term date, or when students provide incorrect information to parents.
8.40 - School starts with morning registration, it is essential your child attends all of this period daily.
3.00 - School finishes, we will never release your child early without contacting you
Stoke Damerel Procedures
Our electronic registration system means that we can register students to every lesson. We will check your child’s attendance regularly and will contact you should we have any concerns. · We aim to contact by SMS text the parent/carer of any child not present in school each day and for whom we have not had a telephone call explaining their absence · Please ensure we have your current address · Please ensure we have a daytime contact number at all times so that we can contact you in case of concern or any emergency involving your child
Education Welfare Service
If attendance drops below 85% we will refer your child to the Education Welfare Service as a measure of concern as, if attendance drops below 85%, your child will be classified as a Persistent Absentee under DfE guidleines and the Education Welfare Service may consider prosecution · If your child gains 10 unauthorised absences (2 per day) the LEA may consider the issuing of a £50 penalty notice against the parent after a further absence · Both the Education Welfare Officer, Parent & Family Liaison Worker and our own Parent Support Adviser can offer support and guidance with regards to attendance
School Trips/Sporting Events
Trips and School sporting events are classed as ‘Educational Activity’ and count as attendance.