• King Ecgbert School,
    Totley Brook Road,
    Sheffield, S17 3QU
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King Ecgbert School Attendance Policy and Procedures


At King Ecgbert School we want our students to:

·         Be motivated and enjoy learning

·         Develop a range of skills to equip them for a successful adult life, such as independence and ambition

·         Be confident, responsible, happy and feel safe

·         Be friendly, respectful, caring and polite

·         Experience success every day


In a school that:

·         Fosters individual talents and abilities in every child

·         Has high expectations for its self, its staff and students

·         Celebrates success and achievement in all its forms

·         Values the role parents and carers play

·         Is continually striving to improve



We believe that for children to gain the greatest benefit from their education and consequently to have the best start in life, it is vital that they attend school on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.

Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Students often find it difficult to catch up on learning that they have missed through absence. If absence is frequent, the student will experience a slowing of their progress and feel they are falling behind their peers. This can affect how a student feels about school and can make their attendance even worse. A downward spiral of attendance can occur rapidly.

There is a clear link between attendance and academic attainment. Statistics suggest that a student whose attendance is below 90% will drop at least one grade (3 sub-levels) across all their subjects.

Regular patterns of attendance are vital for young people to maintain friendships and peer networks. Students with regular absence can quickly feel isolated from their peers and this again affects how they might feel about coming to school. Good attendance is important if students are to participate in and enjoy school community events like sporting fixtures, drama and music productions and charity fundraising events.

Student’s absence disrupts teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same class. Teachers are not always in a position to provide one-to-one tuition to students who fall behind in their learning.

Post 16 establishments and employers will want to be sure that the people they are thinking of recruiting are reliable. So students who have not attended school regularly have less chance of getting a Post 16 course of their choice or have less chance of getting a job.

Young people who are off school for no good reason are at risk of becoming victims of crime or abuse. They may also be drawn into anti-social behaviour.


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