27 Sep

  • By rnaylor

Here at Focus School – Berkeley Campus we strive for the highest standards of attendance and achievement.

At the start of the school year I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents about the importance of good attendance and punctuality. Excellent attendance results in excellent attainment. We have a duty and responsibility to encourage pupils into the habit of attending regularly in order to achieve their full potential. This includes monitoring attendance on a regular basis, giving praise and rewards for good attendance as well as intervening and supporting students and parents who need it. We have been set a target to achieve 97% attendance on average and would very much appreciate your support by following the guidelines below:

Reporting absence

It is important that you contact the school before 9:30am on the morning of any absence.

Medical/Dental Appointments

We encourage parents to make appointments out of school hours.

Term Time Holidays

Parents should not take pupils on holidays in term time. Schools can only agree to absence for a family holiday if they believe there are special circumstances which warrant it.

There are only 190 days in a school year. The table below shows what the end of year attendance percentage really means in terms of missed learning opportunities.

Percentage SCHOOL DAYS SCHOOL WEEKS LESSON TIME MISSED
99.4 1   5 hours
97.3 5 1 25 hours
94.7 10 2 50 hours
92.1 15 3 75 hours
89.4 20 4 100 hours
86.8 25 5 125 hours
78.9 40 8 200 hours

You can do a great deal to support the regular and punctual attendance of your child including:-

Ensuring that your child arrives at school on time each day;
Ensuring that your child only misses school for reasons which are unavoidable or justified, such as serious illness or days of religious observance; and
Talking to the school if you are concerned that your child may be reluctant to attend.

We appreciate your support in ensuring your child receives a continuous education which will enable them to reach their full potential.