Absence Reporting

At Mountfields Lodge we believe it is important to work in partnership with parents to encourage children to attend school regularly in order for them to make the best possible progress whilst in education.

If your child is ill or has a medical appointment then we ask you to contact school on 01509 214119 from 8am on the first day of absence by telephone. If your child continues to be absent then we ask that we have a message each day. If your child’s absence is cause for concern then we will ask for evidence of any medical appointments.

We do not authorise any absence for holidays or other non-essential appointments or events. A family wedding or funeral will be granted as a single day of absence. We ask parents to fill out the Absence Request Form’s for each request (available from the office).

Attendance and Achievement:

There is clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement. Of pupils who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and Maths whereas 73% of pupils who attend school for 95% of the time achieve this.

Clearly this data is from Key Stage 4 but good attendance should start at primary school. The staff and governors of Mountfields Lodge recognise that the earlier schools address attendance ‘issues’ the less likely it is that they will become a long term issue.

To contextualise absence:

1 day off per school year = 99.5% attendance

10 days off per school year = 94.7% attendance

20 days off per school year = 90% attendance

90% attendance = 4 whole weeks off school during the school year

90% attendance throughout year’s 1 – 6 = half a year off school

90% attendance for a child through Primary and Secondary school means they will have missed a huge amount of their education.