Attendance & Expectations

Good attendance is vital to students' success.


The Department for Education tracks attendance carefully.  The target attendance for all students is 100%.


Our aim is to find ways to help those with low attendance.  We categorise levels of attendance into red, amber, and green.

Green – 97% and above.

Good attendance – in line with, or above national expected average.  Ideally where all pupils should aim to be.

Amber – below 96%

Attendance is below expected level – if your child drops below 96% they are considered to be amber, a signal that attendance has dropped and needs to improve. 

Red – Persistently absent

When attendance drops below 90% there is a serious cause for concern.   If attendance does not improve after intervention from school, the Education Welfare Service may become involved. 


Students may wake up in the morning saying that they feel unwell. Always send students to school unless they are being sick.  If they are a little ‘under the weather’ for example with a runny nose, head ache, stomach ache then please send them in, as long as your contact information is up to date, then we can send the student home if required.  We really do appreciate your cooperation with this.


Above 97%

Less than 6 days absence in a year!

Excellent attendance! Pupils with this attendance should achieve the best grades they can. 


Less than 10 days absence in a year!

Pupils with this attendance are more likely to hit their grades!


20 days absence over the year!

Pupils with this attendance are missing approximately a month (20days) of school per year and may fall behind in maths, literacy and other subjects; it will be difficult for them to achieve their grades!


30 days absence in a year!

These pupils are missing approximately 6 weeks of a school year! It will be difficult for them to keep up and achieve!


Pupils with this attendance are missing a day for every week of school!

It will be almost impossible to keep up with their work.  Parents of pupils with this level of attendance will be known to the Education Welfare Officer. 

Student’s attendance is monitored and closely tracked.  Letters will be sent home to alert you of poor attendance – even if you phone and report your student as ill.  Illness still counts towards poor attendance and meetings will be called!


 Please read our Attendance Policy.& Attendance & Absence Procedure.