Student Absence

If students are ill or unable to attend school, we require parents to contact us on the morning of absence by way of one of the following:1. TEXT message to 07860002234

2. School phone number 01946-692275 –option 1

  • When a student is absent from school and no message is received from home, the school will automatically text the parent via SIMS InTouch to ascertain the reason for the child’s absence
  • To enable the school to authorise absence due to medical appointments (hospital, doctor, dentist, orthodontist or physiotherapist) parents/carers must provide evidence in the form of an appointment card or letter.  This evidence should be given to the school attendance officer prior to the appointment. Where appointments occur during the school day, it is expected that the minimum time possible away from school will be taken. We do not expect children to miss an entire day of school for a local appointment.
  • If reasons for absence are not provided, a letter is posted home to parents/carers with a reply slip. If no reason is provided within seven days, absences become unauthorised.

Attendance Matters

Student attendance rates at St. Benedict’s are very good.

  • For the academic year 2015-2016 our attendance figure was 95.5% and this continues to rise year on year. This rate is above the whole school attendance percentage for secondary schools both in Cumbria and Nationally.
  • Attendance and punctuality are being monitored all the time.  At St Benedict’s 97% or above is considered to be good attendance.
  • Attendance and attainment go hand in hand. Research has shown that if a student misses 17 or more days in ANY school year for any reason, this will reduce any one of his/her GCSE results by one grade.

Important Information

From the beginning of the academic year, 2015 to 2016, the government is reducing the persistent absence threshold from 15 per cent to 10 per cent. Therefore, a student is now considered to have persistent absence if their attendance falls below 90% (19 days absence).
A student with attendance of 90% or below is considered to be a persistent absentee and there will be involvement and monitoring in order to improve this and avoid prosecution.

  • Parents/carers can continue to help by ensuring the following:
  • Make general medical check-up appointments for your child in school holidays.
  • Make appointments at doctors surgeries after school, as many are now open until quite late.
  • Produce a doctors’/dental/orthodontist appointment card if your child arrives late during a morning or needs to leave early for an unavoidable appointment.
  • Return your child to school immediately after a medical appointment. If they are well, rather than them being absent for the whole day.
  • Obtain medical evidence in the form of a doctor’s note, consultant’s appointment letter, prescription information, appointment card or advice from a medical practitioner. This is essential for school to continue to authorise absences when a student’s attendance falls below 90%.
  • Take advice and help from the School Nurse, and school can arrange appropriate appointments.