Attendance & Punctuality
Why is attendance at school and punctuality important?
Because every second counts.
- Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year
- Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year
- Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year
- 17 days missed from school each year equates to a whole GCSE grade.
- Attendance affects learning, future earning, well being and a sense of belonging.
90% attendance may sound good. However, this is the equivalent of missing a half day of schooling EACH WEEK. If this continues over the five years a child spends at high school, a child with 90% attendance will miss HALF A YEAR’S schooling.
A child with 80% attendance will lose A FULL YEAR of schooling over the same period.
- Children with over 90% attendance at school are more likely to gain five or more A to C GSCEs or equivalent qualifications.
- Children with less than 85% attendance at school are unlikely to gain five A to C GCSEs or any qualifications.
- Every day over 50,000 children miss a day of school without permission.
- 7.5 million school days are missed each year through truancy.
- 65% of truants have offended. Research shows these children are easily drawn into anti-social behaviour. Pupils with 6.5% absence or less achieve on average 75% A* - C* grades in their GCSEs.
- Pupils with 11% absence or more achieve on average 25% A* - C* grades in their GCSEs.
- Pupils with 30% absence or more achieve no GCSE passes.