Attendance at school has a clear impact on the confidence and academic outcomes of pupils. At Thorogate School, we place a high value on good school attendance, including punctuality.
Currently schools cannot authorise absences from school for holidays. Only absences in exceptional circumstances can be authorised.
To support good attendance, Thorogate School:
- has its own breakfast club, which opens at 8am.
- supports the use of after school provision.
- asks parents to bring appointment cards (for example from dentist) to indicate medical absences.
- ensures classrooms are open by 8:45 to avoid parents having to wait unnecessarily on the school yard.
- keeps parents up to date by providing attendance data for their child each term.
- reward good attendance via certificates and mentions in assembly.
Attendance at Thorogate School
Current Attendance in 2015 - 2016
- 2014 - 2015: 96.2%
- 2013 - 2014: 96.1%
- 2012 - 2013: 95.1%
The Department for Education has published its latest research called The link between absence and attainment at KS2 and KS4, which can be read in full by following the link below.
The link between absence and attainment at key stage 2
KS2 exams are taken by pupils at the end of primary school education, with this key stage being taught over four years (from year three to year six). By the end of KS2 pupils are expected to reach level 4 of the National Curriculum in each taught subject. In this release, the proportion of end of key stage 2 pupils achieving the key measures of level 4 or above in reading and maths tests and level 5 or above in reading and maths tests have been considered.
In general, the higher the percentage of sessions missed across the key stage, the lower the likely level of attainment at the end of KS2. In particular, pupils with no absence are 1.6 times more likely to achieve level 4 or above, and 4.7 times more likely to achieve level 5 or above, than pupils that missed 15-20 per cent of all sessions. The relationship between absence and KS2 attainment remained similar over the past five academic years.