We are a school which places great emphasis on attendance as children simply cannot access all the benefits and support from school if they do not turn up regularly. Equally, every lesson absence inevitably impacts on other children in the class who have to lose teaching time as the teacher has to spend time supporting those children who missed prior lessons.

Consequently, we have regular attendance rewards events which run alongside other approaches including parental meetings, targeted interventions, and a rigorous pursuit of absence.

Our most recent Attendance Reward Day saw students with superb attendance be invited for a bagel and hot chocolate treat during tutor time where as well as tasting the rewards of success they were praised by senior staff.

Ian Rose, Deputy Headteacher, said: “This has been a tough year for attendance with COVID obviously being a factor. However, whilst COVID absences did not count against any children, there were clear winners in terms of exemplary attendance. We were delighted to acknowledge their commitment and we will all go again in September.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “Our attendance levels are very high when compared to national averages and we know that this plays a major part in ensuring that our children perform well in their final exams. There is a clear link between low attendance and low achievement so we make it aa high priority to negate this risk.”