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Attendance and Punctuality

If you are informing us that your child will be absent from school, please use the following numbers:

For Students in Years 7 - 9:

For students in Year 10 and 11:

For students in the Sixth Form:

or email: absence@barnwell.herts.sch.uk (both campuses)

The importance of attending School regularly and punctually cannot be overstated. Students can only make the most of the educational opportunities available to them at Barnwell School if they maintain a good attendance record. There is clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at School and low levels of achievement nationally.

Of students who miss more than 50% of School only 3% manage to achieve five grade 9-5 GCSES or equivalant including English and maths.

Of students who miss between 10% and 20% of School only 35% manage to achieve five grade 9-5 GCSES or equivalant including English and maths.

Of students who miss less than 5% of School, 73% achieve 5 grade 9-5 GCSEs including English and maths.

As a parent/carer you want the best for your children and having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life. Good attendance mean that students establish good educational habits and routines, keep up with work more easily, develop well socially and have a good attendace record to show potential employers.

What constitutes good attendance?

Attendance percentages are not like exam results, an attendance percentage needs to be in the high nineties before it can be considered good. An attendance record of 90% might seem good but is equal to 1 day missed per fortnight. If this continued from year 7 to 11 a total of six months education will be lost.

98% attendance means your child has missed 4 days in the school year.

95% attendance means that your child has missed 10 days in the school year

90% attendance means that your child has missed 19 days in the school year

80% attendance means your child has lost 38 days in the school year

5 minutes late each day means three whole days lost each year

17 days missed from school each year can equate to a whole GCSE grade lost

Attendance affects learning, future earning, wellbeing and a sense of belonging as it is so important we work closely with the Local Authority, who support us if we need to issue a fixed penalty notice for students who are persistently absent from school. The Local Authority is also responisble for pursuing court action if poor attendance continues.

Attendance

The School day begins for students at 8.35 am with Period 1 and ends at 3.00 pm. The school day is divided into 6 x 50 minute lessons.

8:35am - 9:25am Period 1
9:25am - 10:15am Period 2
10:15am - 10:30am Registration
10:30am - 10:50am Break
10:50am - 11:40am Period 3
11:40am - 12:30pm Period 4
12:30pm - 1:20pm Lunch
1:20pm - 2:10pm Period 5
2:10pm - 3:00pm Period 6
3:00pm - 4:00pm Period 7
(Additional in school support and extra-curricular activities)
Attendance Policy
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