All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child to develop healthy life habits and social skills, feel more connected with the school community, avoid risk-taking and anti-social behaviour and reach their academic potential.
Children who frequently miss school often fall behind. There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results. For example, only 12% of students with below 80% school attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at a ‘good pass’ or above (grades 4-9) including English and Mathematics, compared to 68% for students with attendance greater than 95%.
The table below details the number of days and lessons of invaluable learning missed over a year with attendance at different levels.
Days missed in a year
Lessons missed in a year
Lessons missed over 5 years
Ensuring excellent attendance requires partnership between the school, student and parent/carer, with each having clear roles and responsibilities:
The Hayfield School will:
A Hayfield School student must:
A Hayfield parent/carer should:
Students are expected to be on site for 08:35 am in time for registration at 08:40 am.
Lack of punctuality affects learning and behaviour not only of the student who is late, but it has an impact on all other learners as the teacher is required to recap on missed learning for those who arrive late. Punctuality is also a key workplace skill which must be learnt at school and adhered to.
The Hayfield School gate closes at 8.37am and students arriving after this time are deemed to be late and should sign in at Reception giving their reason for being late.