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Biggleswade Academy


Did you know that there are 10 school sessions in every week – five morning and five afternoon sessions? 100% or full attendance requires students to be in school for each of the ten sessions. Each am or pm session missed reduces attendance by 10%. So:

  • If a student misses just one session in a week due to lateness or a medical appointment in school time, his/her attendance will fall to 90% for that week
  • Absence of one day in the week means that two sessions (am and pm) have been missed and will result in attendance of only 80% for that week

Whilst 90% attendance may seem quite high to some parents and students, 90% attendance over five years school actually means a student missing nearly half a year of their education. No young person can hope to achieve their full potential by missing such a long period of time in school.

In order for an attendance record to be good it must be 96% or above:-

100% = excellent attendance

98% = very good attendance

96% = good attendance

Each year, a large number of pupils in every year group achieve 100% attendance; showing that this is an achievable target. In addition, a number of pupils have achieved this level of attendance for a number of years.

Finally, according to research, every 1% improvement in attendance across a school can result in an improvement of 4-5% in examination performance.

We, therefore, expect parents to fully support our drive to raise attendance and improve achievement. Your full support and cooperation will produce high dividends for your child’s education!

Please download our Attendance Policy for further information.

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