At Biddenham International School & Specialist Sports College we believe that for our students to gain the greatest benefits from their education, it is vital that they attend regularly. Our students should be on time every day Biddenham opens, unless the reason for absence is absolutely unavoidable. It is very important that families recognise their responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly and on time. 98% attendance is a realistic and achievable target for all students that allows for the occasional emergency or sick absence.
You may think that 90% in an exam is great, but for attendance it is not very good at all:
90% attendance = ½ a day a week missed
90% attendance = 4 weeks missed every year
90% attendance = ½ a school year missed every 5 years
For every 17 missed days a year = one GCSE-grade drop in achievement; this could be the difference between a C and a D grade in Maths or English!
Attendance is key to success.
Please be aware that from September 2015 if your child’s attendance becomes 90% and below they will be known as a persistent absentee. This could result in the Educational Welfare Office becoming involved. If you wish to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact the attendance office.