Excellence in the Heart of the Community
Wade Deacon Trust
At Hillside we are very aware about the link between good attendance and good progress. Research has shown that the lower the attendance of a pupil the lower the GCSE grade at the end of Year 11. Less than 95% attendance every year in school equals a 1 grade difference across ALL GCSE grades. As a result we expect all our pupils to aim for 96% attendance or above. Additionally, this is useful preparation for the workplace, where an absence rate of 5% or above would be considered a cause for concern.
What do the Attendance %s mean?
If a pupil does not attend school or is not taking part in an approved educational activity, they are classed as ABSENT from school. This means that if your child is off school for any reason, even if they are ill or have medical permission to be off school, they are classed as ABSENT.
100% Attendance = 190 days at school
8 days absence is 96%
12 days absence is 94%
19 days absence is 90%
29 days absence is 85%
38 days absence is 80%
47 days absence is 75%
In order to ensure excellent attendance we have launched Hillside’s Attend to Success Ladder for pupils and parent/carers:
If you have any queries about whether or not your child is well enough to attend school please see the advice leaflet.
We have a very dedicated team of staff at Hillside who work on Attendance; the Attendance Officer and Progress Leaders scrutinise our attendance data daily and work closely with Sefton Education Welfare Services.
As you would expect, we have very high standards and are committed to all our pupils making maximum progress. The Attendance staff are always happy to offer advice and support to pupils, parents and families on effective strategies for maximising attendance. If you would like more details please do not hesitate to contact school.
IT IS VITAL THAT YOU KEEP US INFORMED IF YOUR CONTACT DETAILS CHANGE