What to do if your child will be absent from school
If your child is ill and does need to be off school please contact attendance on 01709 512290. We will need to know:
- Your child’s name.
- Why they are not in school (if it is through illness we will need to know what the illness is)
- When they will be back in school.
Please ensure that you call in and record your child’s absence each day if they are going to be off school for multiple days. Please note that you may be asked for confirmation of a medical appointment.
Regular school attendance is a massive factor in giving your child the best possible start in life.
95% attendance – 2 weeks absence out of the 38 school weeks in a school year – is the bare minimum attendance.
Talking to your child and support staff at RCS could help to solve any difficulties you have in getting your child to go to school. We also offer a full range of support which you can access through school.
We all want what is best for your child! Therefore contact our attendance officer Mrs S Oliver or our attendance manager (to be appointed), for any support regarding your child attending regularly at RCS.
Research has shown that attendance has a direct impact upon a child’s academic performance at RCS!
- 63.6% of students that attend 95% of the time attain 5 A* – C grades including English and Maths.
- Only 52.8% of students that attend for 90% to 94.9% of the time attain 5 A* – C grades including English and Maths.
- 80% to 89.9% attendance the 5 A* – C figure drops to 16.7%.
- Below 80% attendance it is 0%. No student who attended less than 80% achieved 5A*-C including English and Maths.
Attendance Intervention & Incentives
The local authority target for RCS is 94.6% but as a school we have a minimum target of 95% for each year group. Attendance is fundamental for all students to succeed and reach their potential and we truly believe each full day missed at school is two full days of catching up.
As we believe attendance to be essential for us to help students succeed we have implemented a number of interventions and incentives to encourage students to attend school.
- Golden Ticket: Focusing on pupil premium students with poor attendance. Targeted intervention to encourage greater engagement and build relations with the attendance office. Aim is to build relationships with attendance office and the students and parents.
- Individual Personalised Rewards: 4 week analysis looking at students who have made significant progress over the period. Instant reward and ongoing competition.
- Critical Cohort (95%): Targeted intervention that is top down led focusing on our key students with acceptable attendance looking to make marginal gains. This may include intervention such as Head of Year led tutor periods.
- Attendance Award: Monthly certificate for tutor group with highest monthly attendance. Handed out in assemblies and displayed around school.
- Termly Awards: Individual rewards for students with 100% attendance and no late marks. This is a cash prize handed out for each year group at the end of each half term.
- Targeted Incentives: Incentives targeted for each year group based on specific cohorts aimed at raising attendance. This is bespoke based on needs of students. For example, balloon workshops, cocktail making, chocolate making, cinema etc…
- Parental Engagement: Regular engagement with parents through letters and home visits. These are specific to SPM key pupils and Attendance Team Key Pupils.
- Attendance Panels: Attendance panels to be led by Deputy Headteacher, lead governor and Caroline Grayson. Targeted students and parents to attend and agree to specific targets.
- PA Intervention: Letters targeted for actual PA, at risk PA and below school target. This is done every collection each half term. Group targets to be set utilising HOY working from top down.
- Attendance Profile: Attendance to have elevated profile around school through assemblies, information boards and competitions.