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Attendance and Absence
All pupils should be targeting to achieve 100% attendance.
Good school attendance and punctuality to lessons gives your child the opportunity of success and helps develop skills for life. Your daughter should attend school every day unless there is an unavoidable cause such as illness.
Each year there are 180 days when pupils are expected to attend Colston’s Girls’ School on time and ready to learn. We will not authorise absence for shopping trips, birthday treats, non-urgent medical and routine dental appointments and other events, which should never fall within this critical learning time.
It is important to remember that it is up to the school to authorise a pupil’s absence from school in all situations. A letter or telephone call from a parent/carer does not in itself authorise the absence. Your daughter’s attendance will be monitored on a weekly basis by the Attendance Officer and her Head of House. A planned absence will only be authorised if a fully completed absence request form has been received and authorised by the school.
Missing school seriously affects life opportunities.
Authorisation of all leave of absence requests will be based on the pupil’s attendance to date, whether the absence will be detrimental to their education and whether the reason for the leave of absence is deemed by the School to benefit the pupil.
Colston’s Girls’ School appreciates that pupils are unwell from time to time and there can be exceptional circumstances for absences but asks that parents/carers think carefully about keeping their daughters out of school. There is a strong connection between attendance and achievement at school. Absence is proven to have a significantly negative impact upon a child’s educational attainment and future opportunities in life.
A pupil who misses a day of school per week throughout Years 7 to 11 misses an equivalent of nearly one year of their learning time in school.
Attendance over one academic year if a pupil had:
98% attendance = fewer than 4 days absent from school
90% attendance = 4 weeks absent from school
80% attendance = 7½ weeks absent from school (equivalent to one day per week absence for the whole year).