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Attendance and Punctuality

Kings Priory School expects all of its pupils to aim for 100% attendance. We believe that pupils who are punctual and achieve a high level of attendance benefit from a level of high quality teaching and learning opportunities and leave school with better qualifications and access to greater employment opportunities.

The school strives to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels safe, valued, happy, accepted, and included. Our goal is that all pupils reach their full potential.

Students with good attendance:

  • Are more likely to do well in exams
  • Will maintain good friendships
  • Show prospective employers that they are reliable and keen to do well
  • Form good habits for later life

What is good attendance?

A good attendance percentage needs to be in the upper nineties i.e. above 95%.

Research shows that being absent for 20 days per year means that a pupil will be more likely to get a whole grade lower in their exams than they are capable of.

Pupils with less than 85% attendance are statistically unlikely to gain 5 A* – C GCSE qualifications.

Lateness:

Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If pupils are late at the start of the day they can miss work and do not spend time with their class teacher/tutor getting vital information and news for the day. Late arriving pupils also disrupt lessons, can be embarrassing for the child and can also encourage absence.

Absence procedures:

If a pupil is absent parents must:

  • contact school by 8.55am on each day of absence by telephone on 0191 258 5995 which has a 24 hour answering service
  • send a note in to the pupil’s tutor/class teacher on the first day of their child’s return with an explanation for the absence – they should do this even though they have contacted school by telephone
  • parents can call into school and report an absence to reception, however it is preferable to make telephone contact

If a parent has any questions regarding absence procedures please contact your Chapter Team or school office.

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