Arts and Media School Islington actively promotes and encourages 100% attendance with an overall School Target of 97% attendance.
Attendance is directly linked to academic progress and while for some students GCSEs may seem a long way away, their attendance now can affect their future prospects into further education and beyond.
Attendance & Punctuality Policy
Relationship between Attendance and Achievement
- Nationally 1 in 5 pupils miss 17 days a year- these pupils will drop at least ONE GCSE GRADE
- 1-4 GCSE grades can increase your wages by 17%
- 5 or more GCSE A- C grades can increase your wages by 41%
- If you improve your attendance by 1% you could see a 5- 6% improvement in your attainment
- Employees with no qualifications earn an average of just £7.44 per hour.
- Those with only GCSE’s earn an average of £9.02 per hour.
- People with A-levels earned an average of £10.27 per hour.
- Students who graduate from university with a degree earn an average of £15.01
Is 90% good enough?
90% might sound high but if your child has 90% attendance this is the equivalent to missing half a day every week. New government statistic now class 90% attendance as Persistent Absenteeism.
The table below shows what the percentages mean in real terms:
|Percentage Attendance||Amount of time off school|
|98%||4 days a year|
|95%||10 days a year|
|90%||Half a day every week|
|80%||1 day off a week and a whole year over from years 7 to 11|
Registration is at 8.40am for all students. The school door opens at 8.30am. It is recommended that your child arrives at school for 5 minutes early to be ready for registration. Any loss in teaching and learning due to lateness to the classroom will impact on the progress of your child.
Like attendance, good punctuality has a positive impact on achievement. Colleges and Employers will always ask about an applicant’s attendance and punctuality before offering a place / employments.
|Lateness||Lost learning over a school year|
|5 minutes a day||3 days lost|
|10 minutes a day||6.5 days lost|
|15 minutes a day||10 days lost|
|20 minutes a day||13 days lost|
|30 minutes a day||19 days lost|
What if I want to take my child out of school in term time?
- Application for Leave of Absence in Term Time form included in Attendance & Punctuality Policy.