We implement the following traffic light system, to ensure that all parents are clear of the expectations for attendance at Monks Risborough CE School.
95.1 % and above = good attendance. These children are likely to achieve
90.1% - 95% = These children are automatically monitored by the school
90% and below – These children will be considered for legal monitoring by the local authority
Attendance will be monitored over a 5 week period. If attendance falls below 95.1% , you will receive a monitoring letter and attendance will continue to be monitored for a further 5 weeks. If at this point attendance has not improved, your child's attendance will be sent to the local authority.
Number of lessons missed due to poor attendance
Children are required by law to attend school for 190 days each year. The school expects at least 95% attendance from its pupils. The table below puts absence in the context of the lessons children miss at school.
Attendance during one school year Number of days absence this equals Number of lessons missed
95% 9.5 days 48 lessons
90% 19 days 95 lessons
85% 28.5 days 142 lessons
80% 38 days 190 lessons
75% 47.5 days 237 lessons
70% 57 days 285 lessons
65% 66.5 days 332 lessons
Holidays are not an acceptable reason to be absent from school. A medical note is also expected for persistent absence due to illness.