Attendance and Punctuality

The importance of attending school regularly and punctually cannot be overstated. Students can only make the most of the educational opportunities available to them at Parmiter's if they maintain a good attendance record; the link between good attendance and high standards of achievement is well proven. Good attendance means that students establish good educational habits and routines, keep up with work more easily, develop well socially and have a good attendance record to show prospective employers.

What constitutes good attendance? Attendance percentages are not like examination results: an attendance percentage needs to be in the high nineties before it can be considered good.

Consider the following example:

An attendance record of 90% might seem good but is equal to 1 day missed per fortnight.  If this continues from Years 7 to 11, a total of six months' education will be lost.  Our view is that, in order for an attendance record to be deemed good, it must be 96% or above:

100% = excellent attendance

98% = very good attendance

96% = good attendance

Each year, a large number of students in every year group achieve 100% attendance records, showing that this is an achievable target. In addition, a number of children have achieved this level of attendance in successive years. Therefore we want every student at Parmiter's to achieve at least good attendance at 96% and to aspire to reach a very good level of attendance at 98% or above.

All parents and students are asked to support our expectations relating to attendance and punctuality:

Attendance

Please observe the following procedures with regard to absence from school:

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, please telephone the school, selecting the attendance option.  An answer phone is available out of office hours to leave details on; your name, your child's name, tutor group and reason for absence.

Please give plenty of notice for any planned absence. We would appreciate all dental and non-urgent medical appointments being made out of school hours.

Leave of absence for holiday purposes will not be authorised. This follows changes made in September 2013 to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006.

If you feel that the circumstances are exceptional then an application should be made to the Headmaster, prior to any arrangements being made. He will then decide whether or not the absence can be authorised.

Parents who fail to secure their child's regular school attendance or who take unauthorised holidays during school time may be issued with a fixed penalty fine.  This notice will be issued at the discretion of the Headmaster and may be applied to parents whose children have at least 21 sessions of unauthorised absence in the previous and/or current term.

Punctuality

We understand that adverse circumstances will very occasionally prevent students from arriving on time at school but ask that all parents help their children to adhere to the school rules regarding punctuality:

Students should arrive at school and be in their form rooms by 8.35am and should register with their Form Tutor.

Students arriving late should sign in at Reception and explain their lateness to their Tutor at the next registration.

Students who are persistently late will be brought to the attention of the Head of Year and Senior Master.

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