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At Tuxford Academy, we are determined to do all we can to help our students maximise their life chances; encouraging good attendance is clearly a vital element in this respect, so staff at our academy work closely with students and parents/carers where we feel that attendance issues are creating barriers to learning.
Besides the benefits of learning important social skills, it seems to be common sense to us all that regular school attendance leads to the best educational outcomes for our children; the more they miss school, the less their chances of success.
To test this assumption more scientifically, we have analysed some of our recent GCSE performance data alongside Y11 student attendance figures. The results are clear:
For each 4% drop in attendance rates;
our students’ chances of reaching 5 A* to C including English and Maths drops by 15%
our students total number of GCSE A* to C grades attained drops by 2
our students attain 1 grade less in every subject, on average.
We are determined to do all we can to help our students to maximise their life chances while they are at Tuxford, and encouraging good attendance is clearly a vital element in this respect, so we work closely with students and parents/carers where we feel that attendance issues are hindering success. Tutors, College Leaders, and our Inclusion Team all play an important part, working in partnership with students and families.
Parents and carers should be aware of changes within the Local Authority regarding unauthorised absence from school, which are effective from September 2015.
The Academy is not able to authorise absence from school for holidays. Absences for other reasons can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Requests for these must be are made clear and in writing to the Executive Principal. Parents can email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance for clarification if required.
Periods of unauthorised absence may lead to Warning Letters or Penalty Notices (fines) being issued by the Local Authority to the parents of each child concerned.
It is at the discretion of the Academy as to whether or not an absence is marked as authorised or unauthorised, or to request a Warning Letter or Penalty Notice.
Parents are advised to check the school website for term dates before booking holidays as these differ from Nottinghamshire County Council.
From September 2015, students with attendance below 90% will be known as Persistent Absentees (PA Students). These students are closely tracked and monitored by both the Academy and the Local Authority.
Collecting your child from school during the day
Parents/carers are reminded of the procedures to be followed if it is necessary for you to collect your child from school during the day.
- Students should follow the correct procedure and not contact parents directly. School will contact parents in cases of illness or emergency.
- For prearranged collections (e.g. medical appointments), please sign in at reception. We will arrange for your child to meet you, and sign them out.
- If your child does contact you without following the above procedure, please contact the school reception desk on arrival.
Thank you for your support.
Attendance and Achievement
The following data from 2015/16 shows how our Y11 students, within specific attendance groups, performed in their GCSE subjects.
|Group Attendance %
||% achieving 5 A*- C
grades incl En & Ma
|Group avg no of
A*- C grades
| 96 to 100
| 92 to 96
| Below 92
It should be clear to see that one of the most important factors in achieving highly is good attendance, which is why we place such a strong emphasis on this in school, and why we go to great lengths to encourage our students and parents to keep up high attendance levels, and offer support in whatever way we can.
A 4% drop in annual attendance equates to approximately 8 days of absence,which is why every day of attendance counts in our students' efforts to achieve their best.