Absence and Attendance

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The target for all PCHS students is to achieve 100% attendance and punctuality. The minimum expectation for all students is attendance over the academic year of 96%.

If your child misses school on a regular basis they are damaging their future life choices. In secondary school 19 days of absence correlates on average to one grade lower at GCSE in all subjects.

Attendance during one school year Equivalent days Equivalent session Equivalent weeks Equivalent lessons missed
95% 10 days 20 sessions 2 weeks 50 lessons
90% 19 days 38 sessions 4 weeks 95 lessons
85% 29 days 58 sessions 6 weeks 145 lessons
80% 38 days 72 sessions 8 weeks 190 lessons
75% 48 days 96 sessions 10 weeks 240 lessons
70% 57 days 114 sessions 11 weeks 285 lessons
65% 67 days 134 sessions 13 weeks 335 lessons

If you need to request permission for your child to be away from school within term time please complete a Leave of Absence form which can be found here:

Leave of Absence form

If you need to discuss your child’s attendance with the school please contact Mrs W Grainger our Attendance Officer on Ext 3084 or Mrs G Boddy, Assistant Headteacher.