Attendance

The Hemel Hempstead School has very high standards for attendance and punctuality as we understand the valuable role good attendance plays in supporting a students learning and progress. We expect students to be in school 100% of the time but do understand that students fall ill from time to time. Our school target is 96%. 

What does good attendance look like?

Attendance over 95% gives students the very best chance of making progress at school.

Is 90% attendance is OK? What does that look like?

Whilst you may consider the figure of 90% to be high, on closer inspection we can see in the diagrams below what that looks like over one week, one year and over a school career from Year 7 to Year 11.

Week: 90% is the equivalent of being absent for half a day every week throughout the school year.

Year: 90% is the equivalent of being absent for 4 whole weeks in one school year.

Year 7 to 11: 90% is the equivalent to being absent for approximately half a school year during your time at school. That’s the same as missing 6 months of school over the course of your school career.

What does the research say about attendance and achievement?

A study by the DfE shows that attendance is likely to affect GCSE grades at the end of Year 11 in the following way:

 

  • Students with the highest attendance rates are nearly 5 times more likely to achieve 5 or more GCSE’s including English and Maths than students with the lowest attendance rates. 

 

  • Students with 100% attendance in Year 10 and Year 11 are more than twice as likely to achieve 5 or more GCSE’s including English and Maths than students with 85% to 90% attendance.

 

DfE Report March 2016

 

FAQ
Attendance and Registration Procedure
Attendance Letter
Hertfordshire Attendance Team Guidelines