Regular attendance is a crucial aspect of any child’s school career and at Workington Academy we are committed to maintaining high levels of attendance to ensure that students have the opportunity to achieve the very best outcomes.
After a difficult period involving two partial school closures during national lockdowns and self-isolation rules, regular attendance at school has never been more important.
We define regular attendance as attending school every day, arriving at school on time and attending every lesson. It is the parents’ legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly.
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success, both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behaviour and have a better chance of achieving their full potential.
Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to leave school with good qualifications, setting them up for a strong future.
For these reasons, we actively encourage all students to aim for at least 97% attendance, as a minimum. We understand that on occasion illness cannot be helped, however, we want every student, and parent/carer, to work with us in helping to achieve this target.
If your child’s attendance does fall below the Government’s target of 95% within this next academic year, it’s likely we’ll include your child in an attendance monitoring and support group and/or initiate attendance action plans in order to support improvements in their attendance. Students with persistent absence, attendance below 93% and/or clear patterns of absence that do not improve through school support will be referred to the Local Authority Education Welfare Service for further intervention.
Every day and every lesson count. There is absolutely no substitute for high quality lessons taught by subject specialists. Here at Workington Academy, we have a well-planned and highly effective curriculum that ensures every lesson adds value and therefore missing just one lesson can have a detrimental impact on your child’s progress. Our thoroughly planned and sequenced curriculum is taught in all subjects throughout the school year and to the very end of every term. Every day of school missed, including the last day before a school holiday equates to 5 hours of valuable learning missed.
The chart below should go some way to explaining the importance of good attendance: