Attendance Matters



Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and have the best possible start in life.

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 pupils with below 80% school attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths, compared to 68% for pupils with attendance greater than 95%.

In addition to academic attainment, by attending school every day students develop good habits that are necessary to succeed after school, whether in the workplace or in further study.

To ensure the best possible outcomes for our students' attendance will be measured as follows:

Outstanding attendance: 100-98%

Good attendance: 98-96%

Requires improvement: 96-94%

Requires significant improvement – 94-90%

Inadequate: 90% or below

If your child's attendance falls below 96%, they will be closely monitored, using an attendance cards

This system will ensure immediate action is taken to support your child's attainment and progress whilst at Bolton St Catherine's Academy. The card will enable your child and their form tutor to closely monitor their attendance and support them to improve it.

As an academy, we believe there is no safe number of days for a student to miss school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. Whilst we endeavour to promote full time attendance, we do understand that unavoidable absences do occur (i.e. illness). In this instance, please ring the absence line on 01204 201144, before 8:30am.

A text message will be sent to you for any unauthorised/unexplained absences, to ensure we know where your child is. Any concerns about your child's attendance can be discussed in the first instance with your child's year leader.

To ensure that we encourage all our students to achieve we will share with you your child's level of attendance every half term, via letter that will:

•          Congratulate and reward students with over 96% attendance for the year.

•          Ask for your support in monitoring attendance between 95% and 91%.

•          Offer support but also stress the consequences of poor attendance to students and their


Attendance Policy

For further information about our attendance procedures, please read our policy below:

Attendance Policy