Every School Day Matters

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Dear Parent/Carer


Firstly we would like to wish you a very happy new year and hope that you enjoyed a happy and peaceful Christmas holiday.


We are, once again, writing to all parents/carers to reinforce the importance of every student’s attendance at school.  We believe we provide a fantastic education here at Patcham High School, however it is critical that students are present in class to fully benefit.


The importance of regular attendance is reflected in examination results which has such an important bearing on a student’s future prospects.    Our analysis shows that students whose attendance is 96% or more throughout their time with us go on to make better than expected progress.


Students whose attendance is below 90% drop, on average, at least one grade per GCSE subject.  90% attendance means missing just 19 school days over the course of an academic year.


To show the true impact of attendance at school, I would like to draw your attention to the information and poster contained here http://bit.ly/PHSattendance which highlights the link between absence and a student’s progress.


Often, such absence is as a result of minor illnesses.  Please be assured that we have our students’ best interests at heart and that our experienced staff will always ensure their safety and wellbeing.  This NHS advice page http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Yourchildatschool/Pages/Illness.aspx may help you decide what to do if your child feels ill and whether you can send them into school.  Please send them in if they are well enough to attend as it makes such a difference in the long term.


We would like to remind you that we do not authorise holidays in term time and will always fix penalty parents and carers who take their children out of school for a holiday. Attendance on the last and first day of terms is often unusually low and for this reason we will be asking for medical evidence for student absence on Wednesday 20th December 2017 and Tuesday 2nd January 2018.  We would ask for your full support in ensuring that our students get into good habits around attending school up to the very end and at the beginning of a new term.


I would like to thank you for your continued support in this matter.   If you have any questions, please contact your child’s Tutor or Head of Year as they would particularly like to speak to you if we can support you in overcoming any barriers to getting your son or daughter in to school.


Yours sincerely


John McKee                                                       Sarah Fitzjohn-Scott

Headteacher                                                     Chair of Governors