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WEEK 32 - Friday 24 May 2024

Hello to all our year 7 students and their families, 

As previously said, the year is flying by.  Here we are at the end of the fifth half term and only 35 school days now remain as Year 7; Year 8 is on the horizon. 

Attendance in Year 7 has always been good but, in recent weeks, we have seen more absent days for students and, as we near the end of year assessments, this has the potential to impact on progress. 

Being around teachers and friends in a school environment is the best way for pupils to learn and reach their potential. Time in school also keeps children safe and provides access to extra-curricular opportunities and pastoral care.   

That’s why school attendance is so important and why we are committed to tackling the issues that might cause some children to miss school unnecessarily.  Odd days here and there quickly become habitual, and we all need to work together to develop resilience and aspiration, thus reducing these absent periods.  

In both local and national news this week, the latest data also shows the proportion of students who were persistently absent (those who missed 10% or more of their possible sessions) is increasing with 1 in 4 students missing chunks of time. 

How does attendance affect outcomes for pupils?   

Being in school is important to your child’s achievement, wellbeing, and wider development. Evidence shows that the students with the highest attendance throughout their time in school gain the best GCSE and A Level results. Research shows that pupils who performed better both at the end of primary and secondary school missed fewer days than those who didn’t perform as well.   

What are the risks of missing a day of school?   

Every moment in school counts, and days missed add up quickly. For example, a child in Year 7 who is absent for three days over half term could miss 15 lessons in total.  The higher a pupil’s attendance, the more they are likely to learn, and the better they are likely to perform in exams and formal assessments.   

Altogether, these measures will aim to improve attendance, leading to better attainment and mental wellbeing amongst school children. 

If your child is struggling to get to school, please contact us to arrange a meeting and we can create a support plan or signpost you to external support.  Further guidance on how to help your child to attend school is available here

Beyond attendance, please can you encourage your child to download ‘teams’ and Outlook to devices. Many students are missing challenges, competitions, and key sharing information as they don’t use their school email address. 

I hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday and enjoy the week off. 

Take care and stay safe 

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 7

Mrs Davies

Assistant Head of Year 7