Students at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy are expected to attend regularly to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. Regular attendance and educational attainment are inextricably linked. We recognise that regular attendance at the Academy is essential for good learning and continual progress and ensures that students get the best possible outcomes from their period in compulsory education. All Academy staff will work with students and their families to ensure each student attends regularly and punctually. We expect all of our students to aspire to 100% attendance and appreciate the full support of parents and carers in encouraging this.
Students with attendance above 98% have had less than 4 days absence in the year.
Acceptable level of attendance
Students with attendance above 95% have had less than 9 days absence in a year.
Pupils with 90% attendance = 19 days absence over the year. Students with this attendance are missing a month of school per year and may drop at least one GCSE grade. Students are now categorised as a persistent absentee by the Department for Education.
Students with 85% attendance = 29 days absence over a year. These students are missing 6 weeks of a school year; it will be very difficult for them to keep up with work and they may drop more than one GCSE grade.
Exceptionally low attendance
Students with 80% attendance have missed a whole year of school over the five years of secondary education. The Education Welfare Services will be informed and parents of students with this level of attendance will be issued with a Penalty Notice or have legal action taken against them.
For information regarding West Sussex County Council’s Fixed Penalty Notices, please click here.
Please contact the Academy on 01903 767434 if you have any concerns or wish to discuss your child’s attendance.