At St Julie's we expect all students to have minimum of 95% attendance. This is the minimum figure at which your daughter can gain her best possible achievements. A low attendance can have a huge affect on final grades throughout school, leading to a loss of one grade for every 10% drop in attendance when it comes to GCSEs.
Good attendance is also so important in building relationships and friendships in school. It means students do not feel under pressure or at a loss if they have missed work. While our staff will work hard to help students catch up, it will never be the same as being present at the missed lessons.
Employers greatly value good attendance and punctuality and getting into the routine of learning at school each day is a good grounding and sets up habits which will last for life and increase the future opportunities for your daughter.
We understand that students do have to take time off school for illness but ask that Parents/Carers do not allow their daughters to miss school for minor ailments. As a rule of thumb, if your daughter is ill enough to require a doctor then she needs to stay at home. We always require a telephone call to school and a follow up absence note which explains the reasons for the absence. In cases of low attendance we will also request medical evidence.
We work closely with our Educational Welfare Officer to support students and parents with low attendance with the aim of improving the outcomes for the student. In some cases, however, the school will use legal action for persistent absentees.
Holidays in Term Time
The school will not authorise holidays taken by students in term time. It is no longer at the school's discretion to grant holidays and we will follow Local Authority guidlelines, which do not count holidays as authorised absence. There are ample school holidays throughout the year and we cannot sanction parents/carers jeopardising their daughter's chances at good achievement. We hope parents/carers will support us in this.
The school needs to be informed by letter if parents are planning to remove their daughter from school for a holiday so the registers can be completed with the correct coding. This will appear as a G (unauthorised holiday).