A key factor to you child achieving academic success at school is through regular and punctual attendance. Full attendance makes a significant difference to the academic success and results your child can expect to achieve.
At Pontypridd High School, we recognise the positive impact that regular attendance has on achievement. Excellent attendance at school is crucial to give your child the best chance of success. We need your support in ensuring that absences are not planned in school time so that your child has every opportunity to succeed.
Evidence suggests a strong link between attendance and school success:
- Every child should aim for attendance of 95% or above
- 80% attendance is the equivalent to having one day off every week
- If you take a two week holiday in term time your child’s attendance will automatically be reduced to less than 95%
- Research suggests that 17 missed school days every year equates to a drop in GCSE grade
What we do as a school...
- Pupils are given their weekly and cumulative attendance data on a weekly basis by their form tutor
- Pupils traffic light their attendance on a weekly basis during registration
- Pupils under 86% are identified and monitored by their Wellbeing and Attendance Manager and in some cases the AWO
What can you do as a parent?
- Contact school as soon as possible if your child is absent, on: 01443 49 49 00
- Aim to book all medical or dental appointments outside of school time whenever possible
- Regularly ask your child their weekly and cumulative attendance
We realise that there will be certain exceptional circumstances when it would not be appropriate to unauthorise a holiday absence, and therefore, the following reasons have been agreed that a Headteacher may approve such a request:
- Families of serving armed forces personnel
- Parent of child experiencing a life limiting illness
- Families that have suffered an acute trauma
Fixed Penalty Notices
The criteria for issuing fixed penalty notices are:
- Where a pupil has accrued 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absences in the current term
- Where a pupil has been persistently late on 10 or more occasions in the current term, arriving more than 30 minutes after the registration period
- Where a parent refuses to engage with a school in the interest of improving their child's school attendance levels
- Where a pupil is repeatedly caught truanting in public places during school hours
- Where a holiday in term time has been requested but has been unauthorised