Graham School @grahamschoolWishing all students and staff a restful half term! Well done on all your hard work this term!  #TeamGraham #Holiday also please do click to read the first newsletter of the school year! https://t.co/YtzEsGIl9b https://t.co/Drq5tPsbur2 days ago
Graham School @grahamschoolOur students have really excelled themselves on @hegartymaths this term and we can't wait to reward all of our #HegartyHeroes today with their prizes and certificates. Fantastic work, effort and determination from all of our students. Well done! #TeamGraham #Maths #ThriveWithHope https://t.co/r94GySPUDu2 days ago
Graham School @grahamschoolCongratulations to our @ThinkReadHQ programme graduates Jack and Adrian. Ms Laxton is extremely proud of the two students and what they have achieved, even more so for their hard work and determination. A fantastic achievement, well done! 👨🏼‍🎓📚🥳 #TeamGraham #ThriveWithHope https://t.co/RNoy1aUGcA4 days ago
Graham School @grahamschoolY9 had Friday treats today - well done on a great start to the year! We had 12 students nominated - some couldn't be there but they still go their chocolates! #TeamGraham #Y9 #Celebrations #ThriveWithHope https://t.co/YYT3F1lXEO7 days ago
Graham School @grahamschoolWell done to Y8 students (and Ms Tindall!) who enjoyed treats on Friday! They are doing really well in Y8 and have had a great start to the year! Hope you enjoyed the chocolates! #TeamGraham #Y8 #GrowAtGraham #ThriveWithHope https://t.co/qHUaZQAs432 weeks ago
Graham School @grahamschoolWell done to Y7 students who had Friday Treats with Miss Robins! Cold Chocolate this year rather than hot! They have had a great first month. We are very proud of them! #TeamGraham #GrowAtGraham #Celebrations #ThriveWithHope 🍫🥳 https://t.co/0zbqzEzxtO3 weeks ago
Graham School @grahamschoolEach of our Year 7 & 8 will receive a FREE book! During the next two weeks students will pick their book from 17 titles. Take a look at this year's choice on the Bookbuzz website. https://t.co/mvsFUoQyd04 weeks ago
Graham School @grahamschoolMiss Jessup has expressed just how proud she is of the students here at #TeamGraham. We are currently running our #AntiBullyingCampaign and so far we've had 75 students wanting to be Anti Bullying Ambassadors. Amazing team spirit. #Proud 👏4 weeks ago
Graham School @grahamschoolGreat to see so many Y6 and their parents this evening! If you missed it, please enjoy our film at the link below. If you have questions contact us! We’ll be in touch!#Transition #TeamGraham https://t.co/VkKjICiGjf4 weeks ago
Graham School @grahamschoolWith Virtual Open Evening fast approaching... here's just a small taster of life at Graham School. We can't wait to meet you all next week. https://t.co/NT8wGULm3I4 weeks ago

GRAHAM SCHOOL IS PART OF

Attendance

Attendance

ATTENDANCE

In order that your children gain the greatest benefit from education, it is essential that they attend school regularly and punctually. Every day at Graham School we strive to ensure high quality learning experiences for all of our students. Whilst at school, students also benefit from spending time with their friends and engaging in a range of extra-curricular activities. If they are absent they are missing out, which could impact negatively on their learning and academic progress as well as their social and emotional well-being. We do not want any student at Graham School to be disadvantaged; please support us by ensuring your child attends school every day.

Did you know?

  • A child who fails to attend school for one day every two weeks will miss an equivalent of one full year of their school life.
  • The one day that they are absent every fortnight means that they will miss 10% of their possible learning opportunities over that period. This equates to missing around 19 school days per year, which is around 95 hours of learning time. At this point, it would be likely that the child would be falling behind peers and that they would struggle to keep up in their subjects. Their enjoyment of learning is also likely to be suffering.
  • Absence from school can lead to children finding it difficult to build close friendships with peers and can lead to some children finding it difficult to socialise when they return from absence, often making them feel isolated and unhappy.
  • Regular absence from school also means that the child would be likely to struggle to reach their potential in GCSE exams, and that they might fail to get onto their college course of choice.
  • Statistically, 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE, and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all.
  • A child’s attendance percentage at school will be sent to prospective colleges and poor attendance can suggest to the colleges that these students are unreliable. As such, this may limit the course choices that the young person has.
  • Poor school attendance is also closely associated with crime, with a quarter of school age offenders having truanted repeatedly.
  • It is also the legal duty of those with parental responsibility to secure the regular and punctual attendance of their child at school. Failure to do so is an offence under the Education Act and may be dealt with by prosecution in a Magistrates Court.

Whilst it is clear then that poor attendance at school often has a very negative effect on an individual, there are many ways that parents can help their child to improve attendance, a few of which are set out below:

  • Please avoid taking holidays in term time wherever possible. Children are only in school for 190 days out of 365 and holidays in term time have a devastating effect on their attendance levels. 
  • Wherever possible, please make appointments out of school hours or in the school holiday. If you cannot avoid an appointment during the school day, please arrange it for before or after school. 
  • Please don’t allow your child to take a day off on their birthday or for other occasions. Please let the school know when there is an occasion where absence is going to be unavoidable.

Please ensure that your child attends whenever they are able to, regardless of what the school day holds for them.

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