The School is required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that students do attend school whenever it is open. The Education Act 1989 requires all children enrolled at a school to attend school whenever that school is open unless they have a justified reason not to attend. Every parent of a child who is not at school without a good reason, commits an offence and can be convicted and fined. Just giving a reason does not justify an absence.
As a result, we have set a school target attendance level of 96%. It is easy to get below 96% attendance with a couple of bouts of sickness during the winter. However, when you consider that an attendance figure of 90% means that by the time a student goes to High School, they will have missed almost a year of schooling, we should be aiming for 96%.
Attendance levels for Terms 1 – 3, 2014
- The average attendance rate for terms 1 – 3, 2014 was 95.1%. This is the same as the attendance rate for 2012 but higher than the attendance rate for 2013 which was 94.5%.
- 60.1% of students have achieved the targeted threshold of 96% or above. This is higher than in the previous two years ( 57% in 2012 and 55% in 2013).
- 15.7% of students have attendance rates of 90% or below which is lower than the 2013 percentage of 16.4% but still significantly higher than the 2012 percentage of 12.7%).
- 2% of students have attendance rates of below 80% which is similar to previous years.
- 12% of students have taken a holiday during term time. This is considerably less than the 22% who took holidays during term time in 2012, but similar to the percentage of students who took holidays during term time in 2013.
- The attendance of 4% students is of particular concern and needs to be closely monitored.
- We now have sufficient data over time to see some attendance patterns emerging and remaining and these are showing that we should definitely be concerned about the attendance of a few students.
Family holidays overseas have continued to impact on attendance. However, it is positive to see the upward movement towards the 96%. Of greatest concern is the attendance that is low because of a day taken off here and a day taken off there. This is the pattern that leads to students disengaging with school over time and leaving school early in their secondary school years.