Ysgol Dinas Brân has high expectations of our students’ attendance, and we have an overall school target of 95% for attendance . We believe that to achieve their potential, students need to have a high level of attendance, and holidays in term time have a detrimental impact on this, and therefore will only be authorised in exceptional cases.
The report ‘Improving attendance at school’, carried out by Charlie Taylor for the Department for Education (DfE) in 2010, explains that there is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement.
Of pupils who miss more than 50% of school only three per cent manage to achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including maths and English. It also highlights that 73% of pupils who have over 95% attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C.
A student with an attendance figure of 94% or more is 53% more likely to achieve the level 2 threshold, which is the equivalent of 5 A* to C CGSEs than a child who has an attendance of at most 90% – the equivalent of missing one day a fortnight. Twice as likely to achieve the threshold than a child who has an attendance of at most 80% – the equivalent of missing one day a week Six times as likely to achieve the threshold than a child who has an attendance of at most 70% – the equivalent of missing 3 days a fortnight