Importance of Attendance

National research, and our own school academic results, have proven that attendance is a critical part of student success. By attending all day, every day, all the way through their school career, students are able to thrive both personally and academically. At Bishop Young we regard attendance as absolutely fundamental to your child’s success and we need your support to communicate this message to your child.

Attendance and Academic Success

In 2019, the 30 highest achieving students in Yr11 all had attendance above 96%. Contrastingly, the students with the lowest performance were all persistent absentee students with attendance below 90%.

Cumulative Attendance

Days missed within the school year

Learning hours missed within the school year

Learning hours missed across 5 years

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0

0

95%

10

50

250

90%

20

100

500

80%

40

200

1000

50%

100

500

2500

The Department for Education has recently published data showing that 17 days of absence within one year – attendance at roughly 93% - results in a full grade of underachievement in Year 11. Therefore, students with attendance below 93% can expect to underachieve in their GCSEs by a full grade no matter how hard they work to catch up. The message is clear: students have to be in school to reach their full potential.

Once a student falls below 90% attendance, the rate of underachievement grows more severe. Research completed in 2018 indicated that students with attendance below 85% are 50% more likely to fail to meet the entry requirements for college and post 16 courses. Data published in 2016 showed that 2/3 students who failed to progress into education, employment or training between the ages of 16-21 had attendance below 90%.

At Bishop Young, we are passionate about student success and therefore for us, it is crucial that all of our students are here all day, every day, all the way through their school career.

Bishop Young C of E Academy

Bishops Way
Seacroft
Leeds
LS14 6NU

Tel: 0113 273 9100
Fax: 0113 273 4216
info@bishopyoungacademy.co.uk

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Abbey Multi Academy Trust
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Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
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