At Ysgol Treffynnon, attendance is a high priority for our students. Research demonstrates that students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve good grades at GCSE. In order for our learners to take the fullest advantage of the learning experience available to them at Ysgol Treffynnon, they should maximise attendance rates and be fully engaged in all lessons. The schools’ attendance target is 95% and we see this as a minimum expectation for our learners.
It is essential that learners arrive in time for registration at 08:45, so that they receive important information or letters and to take part in the registration activities that have been planned. Parents are asked, if possible, not to make medical appointments during the school day, as missing lessons may cause gaps in learning. The Governing Body discourages any holidays during term time as doing so interrupts the learning process and can severely affect the learners’ education.
Learners with good attendance and punctuality will be rewarded throughout the year with certificates, prizes and rewards trips. The whole staff wishes to celebrate achievement in the school, through examination results and other experiences, and we believe that an attendance above 95% will help to facilitate this.
Parents play a key role in supporting the school to ensure their child attends school regularly.
How to report your child’s absence
We recognise that children can become ill from time to time and politely request that if your child is unable to attend school the following process should be followed:
All absences should be reported to school on the morning of every absence before 8.40am and provide a valid reason for absence either by:
- Email – Provide email address
- Telephone – Provide telephone
Below is a table which demonstrates how the “odd day off” can have an adverse effect on student’s percentage attendance.
|Overall Attendance %||Number of missed days||Number of weeks missed||Number of lessons missed|
|95%||9 days||2 weeks||50 lessons|
|90%||19 days||4 weeks||100 lessons|
|85%||29 days||6 weeks||150 lessons|
|80%||38 days||8 weeks||200 lessons|
|75%||48 days||10 weeks||250 lessons|
|70%||57 days||11.5 weeks||290 lessons|
|65%||67 days||13.5 weeks||340 lessons|
Late arrivals into school can have an adverse effect on your child’s education. Students must arrive to school for 8.40am in order to start registration at 8.45am.
Where possible medical appointments should be arranged outside of school time. In order for medical appointments to be authorised we require a copy of the appointment slip detailing the time and date of the appointment.