Attendance and punctuality

Excellent attendance to school is of vital importance for a number of reasons. It is proven that those students with excellent attendance are more likely to achieve not only more qualifications but also to achieve these at a higher grade, be less likely to be involved with anti-social behaviour and are generally more settled within school.

It has been shown that:

  • students who miss 19 days of school each year through absence or lack of punctuality will drop at least one GCSE grade in each of their subjects
  • each GCSE grade equates to a wage increase of 17%. That is on average an extra £17 per day for each grade a student achieves
  • a 1% increase in punctuality results in a 6% improvement in educational attainment.

Our benchmark for good attendance is 96%.

(There are 190 days of school per year. 96% attendance means that only 8 days of school are missed per year)

We are able to provide support or advice to any parent/carer with regard to attendance. Feel free to contact the attendance team through The St Leonards Academy reception (01424 448740).

Any requests for absence during term time need to be put in writing and an appointment made with the Principal.