Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Attendance Notice for Parents

Facts and figures about Attendance at Redland Green School

Regular and punctual attendance of pupils at school is both a legal requirement and crucial to a pupil's success - there is a clear link between a high rate of attendance and high achievement. If pupils are not in lessons they cannot learn.  Every lesson really does court.  Statistics show missing 8.5 days (17 sessions)  of school in any school year can reduce the success level of a pupil by 1 GCSE grade.

There may be a very good reason for absence from school for example genuine illness and other medical  issues, however there are many other reasons that cause pupils to have time off from school. If there are any reasons which are causing your child to not attend school please do not hesitate to contact either your child’s Head of House or Miss Jackson Head of House i/c Attendance, all of  whom will be able to offer support.

Where a pupil’s attendance is below 90%, it is the equivalent of missing 19 days of school = nearly 4 weeks or 95 lessons per year!

Attendance below 80% = 38 DAYS absence, nearly 8 WEEKS or 190 LESSONS per year. At the end of 5 years at Redland Green School, 80% attendance would result in a student missing 1 whole school year.

Absence from school

Students are required to attend school for 190 days each year.

Redland Green School target for attendance in school is 96%.


If a pupil is ill

Please contact the school Absence line should your child be too unwell to attend school.You should do this by 8.25am on the first day of absence and every day thereafter until your child returns to school. Furthermore a supporting note explaining your child’s absence should be written in their student planner for the attention of their Mentor.

Medical Appointments (e.g. Doctor, Dentist & Optician)

Please attempt to make any appointment for dentist, optician and doctors outside of school hours. If a school time appointment is unavoidable please ensure that your child attends school before/after the appointment. Medical evidence should be provided for all appointments.

Holidays / Leave of absence

The reference in law to Headteachers being able (at their discretion) to agree to leave of absence (for holidays) was removed from 1st September 2013. Only in exceptional circumstances are schools allowed to authorise leave of absence. In exceptional circumstances, a request for leave of absence should be returned via our Student Absence Line.

If the application is not considered as one of exceptional circumstances the request will be refused. If the family still embark on the requested leave, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Unauthorised absence will be followed up as per the attendance legislation section in the School’s Attendance Policy.

Persistent absent pupils

The Government and local Education Authority view school attendance regularly and whether authorised or unauthorised if a pupil’s attendance drops below 90% they become classified as a Persistent Absent (PA) pupil. If a pupil becomes a PA pupil, Redland Green School may take legal action through our Education Welfare Service (EWS) dependant on the reasons for absence.

The EWS will instruct the school that further absences cannot be authorised without medical evidence (from your child’s doctor). In such circumstances, a note or call from parents stating absence due to illness will no longer suffice and further absences will be recorded as unauthorised.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either Mr Lind of Miss Jackson.

Mr Lind                            Miss Jackson

Deputy Head                   Head of House i/c Attendance