The Dormston School encourages good attendance and punctuality because students who attend regularly learn most effectively. It has been proven that good attendance is linked to better GCSE grades. Our attendance target for every student at Dormston School is 100% in an academic year, but any pupil who is below 96% will suffer a significant loss of learning and this could impact on the progress that they make.
Improving attendance is everyone’s business. The barriers to accessing education are wide and complex, both within and beyond the school gates, and are often specific to individual pupils and families. The foundation of securing good attendance is that school is a calm, orderly, safe and supportive environment where all pupils want to be and are keen and ready to learn.
Some pupils find it harder than others to attend school and therefore at all stages of improving attendance, schools and partners work with pupils and parents/carers to remove any barriers to attendance by building strong and trusting relationships and working together to put the right support in place. Securing good attendance cannot therefore be seen in isolation, and effective practices for improvement will involve close interaction with schools’ efforts on curriculum, behaviour, bullying, special educational needs support, pastoral and mental health and wellbeing, and effective use of resources, including pupil premium. It cannot solely be the preserve of a single member of staff, or organisation, it must be a concerted effort across all teaching and non-teaching staff in school, the trust or governing body, the local authority, and other local partners.
Our Attendance Officers, Senior Leadership Team, Heads/Deputy of House and Behaviour and Welfare Team work with parents/carers and students to encourage good attendance for all pupils.
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