Our Key Aims
- To ensure that students attend school unless prevented by illness
- To reduce absence from lessons
- To improve punctuality to lessons
The importance of good attendance
Statistics show that good attendance leads to good attainment. Students with attendance below 90% are likely to underachieve against their target levels/grades by the end of each year. National statistics suggest that students who have low attendance are less likely to be successful when they leave The Ladder School, based on the number of qualifications they achieve.
Each student should aim for 100% attendance, but we would expect each student to achieve at least 95% attendance each year.
From September 2015, the Department for Education has changed the threshold for categorising Persistent Absences, reducing it from fifteen percent to ten percent absence of any kind. Any student who has attendance below 90% is categorised as a persistent absentee. The Ladder School has an obligation to intervene when a student’s attendance falls below this threshold. This may include a referral to the Local Authority to peruse a Fixed Penalty Notice after work has been done to support parents/carers to enable their child to attend. Parents/Carers will be alerted when attendance falls below 95% so we can work together to ensure good attendance.
In the first instance, parents should contact the Admin Support Team on;
- Reception 01922 285848
- Head of Learning Support 01922 285848
If parents require further assistance, please contact the Principal.