Excellent attendance is important for a number of reasons. It has been proven that those pupils with excellent attendance are more likely to achieve more GCSE’s at a higher grade, be less likely to be involved with anti social behaviour and are generally more settled within school.

Patcham high School understands that for some students being in school every single day can be a challenge and we have various reward schemes and incentives to encourage and motivate pupils to achieve excellent attendance. The attendance figures for Patcham High School have been rising over the last few years and this is a trend we are keen to continue!

The school monitors every child’s attendance daily, and the Education Welfare service monitor attendance weekly. We are able to provide support or advice to any parent with regard to attendance. Feel free to contact on the number below or email me if you have any concerns or need any other information.

We look forward to Patcham High School achieving great success with their attendance each and every year.

Should My Child Go To School Today

Persistent Absence Leaflet

Every School Day Matters

FPN Leaflet

GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS ASKED to Provide a GP Note for School GDT format

Brighton & Hove Advice on Managing sickness in school children GDT format

New Attendance Code of Conduct

Brighton and Hove have introduced a new code of conduct for issuing fixed penalties from 30/10/17 to support the following: In November 2016 the DfE issued guidance on School Attendance which stated that:

‘Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.


The government expects Schools and local authorities to:


• Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;

• Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled; and act early to address patterns of absence.

• Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.

• All pupils to be punctual to their lessons.



Every school day counts towards your child’s future. Days off school add up to lost learning.

In total there are 175 non-school days a year. This gives families the opportunity to:

  • Spend time together
  • Go on family visits
  • Go on holiday
  • Go shopping
  • Go on days out
  • Attend routine appointments


Please remember to send a note or write a note in your child’s planner if he/she has been absent from school, explaining why your child has been absent. Please send this in on the first day they return to school.

Should your child be unable to attend school due to illness, please contact Mrs Woodward, Attendance Manager on 503908 on every day of your child’s absence. You may also report illness using the Sickly app.

Students must report to Student Services in the first instance where our First Aid trained member of staff will assess them and if necessary, the First Aider will ring home to make  arrangements for the student to be collected.  Please encourage your child to follow these procedures if they become unwell while in school.


School Day Matters

Many parents and carers think it’s okay to go on holiday during term time, but this has a negative affect on their children’s learning and ability to achieve. If your child goes on holiday during term time, they are absent.

  • 10 days absence = 95% attendance
  • 19 days absence = 90% attendance
  • 29 days absence = 85% attendance
  • 38 days absence = 80% attendance
  • 47 days absence = 75% attendance

If you wish to apply for a holiday for your child, please write a letter in addressed to the HeadTeacher and hand it in to your child’s Head of Year. This holiday will only be agreed in exceptional circumstances.

Should this absence be unauthorised please be aware that you could be liable for a fine.


Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:

  •   Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year
  •   Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year
  •   Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year

19 days lost a year through being late = 90% attendance.

If your child is going to be late into school, please ring the Attendance line on 503908 and inform a member of staff. Should your child be late on more than 10 occasions you could be liable for a fine.


Should your child’s attendance be of a concerning level you could be called into a meeting at the school. This is a supportive measure and enables the school to work with you to ensure your child’s regular attendance at school. You may be asked to sign a contract with the school, and this will outline what can be done to help you and your child.