Leave of Absence

Newest research shows there is clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement. The most absence is through illness and taking holidays during term time. 

Much of the work children miss when they are not in school leaves them at a considerable disadvantage to their peers this is particularly relevant in mathematics as new concepts are not embedded. Of children who miss more than 50% of school, only 3% manage to achieve five A* to C’s, including English and Mathematics. Of children who miss between 10% and 20%, only 35% manage to achieve five A* to C’s, at GCSE’s, including English and Mathematics.

If your child is ill it is essential that you inform the school as soon as possible and also send in a letter explaining your child’s absence. It would be useful wherever possible to make appointments for dentist and doctors after school or where circumstances allow during enrichment weeks and school holidays. 

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