Attendance at school is important and it has been proven that those pupils with excellent attendance are more likely to:

  • Achieve more GCSE’s at a higher grade
  • Be more settled within school
  • Be less likely to be involved with anti-social behaviour

Every school day counts towards your child’s future. Days off school equal 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

Patcham High School monitors every child’s attendance daily and the Education Welfare Service monitor attendance weekly. We understand 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. We are able to provide advice and support to any parent / carer with regard to attendance. Please feel free to contact us on the number or e-mail address below if you have any concerns or need any further information.

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. We aspire to our students achieving great success with their attendance and look forward to working with our students and their families to achieve this.

Absence Notification

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

Should your child be unable to attend school due to illness, please call our Attendance Line on 01273 503908 on every day of your child’s absence. You may also report illness or message us using the StudyBugs App, which can be downloaded using the following link:

If your child becomes ill during the school day, they should report to Student Services in the first instance, where our First Aid trained member of staff will assess them. If necessary, they will ring home to make arrangements for them to be collected. Please encourage your child to follow these procedures if they become unwell while in school.

Holidays in Term Time

Going on holiday during term time has a negative effect on 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 addressed to the Head Teacher 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 may be liable for a fine.

Poor Punctuality

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 01273 503908. Should your child be late on more than 10 occasions, you may be liable for a fine.

Attendance Support Meetings

Should your child’s attendance be of a concerning level, you may be invited to attend 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.

Attendance Code of Conduct

Brighton and Hove City Council have a code of conduct for issuing fixed penalties that supports the DfE issued guidance on school attendance. This guidance states 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
  • Support parents to perform their legal duty in ensuring their children of compulsory school age, who are registered at school, attend regularly
  • Strive to ensure that all pupils to be punctual to their lessons

School Attendance Guidance Documents

If you have any queries or would like further information about attendance at Patcham High School, then please contact our Attendance Manager, Ms Gamain, on the following:

01273 503908 Ext 210