Why is attendance so important?

Nearly all parents want their child to succeed in life. Nowadays, it is more important to have a good education to have better opportunities in adult life.  Children only have one chance at school therefore poor attendance could affect their future.

If your child does not attend regularly they may:

  • Struggle to keep up with school work
  • Miss out on important pieces of knowledge
  • Miss out on the social side of school life
  • Fail their exams due to missing knowledge

Success is achieved by those who attend

Leigh Academies Trust and The Leigh UTC are committed to providing a full and efficient educational experience to all students and recognises this can only be achieved by supporting and promoting excellent school attendance for all.

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What can you do to help your child attend regularly?

If you suspect that your child is missing school or is unhappy at school, contact the school immediately so that you can work with them to resolve the difficulties.

The longer you leave it the worse it can become!

Make sure your child understands that you do not approve of their poor attendance, but be alert to any reasons why they are not attending such as bullying or problems with school work. If you know of any reasons, contact the school immediately.

There is no point agreeing to non-attendance!

If your child is ill or absent for any other reason, contact the school on the first day of absence and each day after.

Keep in contact!

Follow the school’s procedures for notifying absence, either by leaving a message or talking to somebody.

Let us know!

Co-operate with any support that the school can offer you. Attend all parent days or evenings to talk with the staff.

We are here to help!

Take an interest in your child’s education. Ask them about their day at school, praise and encourage them, even if it is only for going to school.

There is always time to listen!

Attendance letter from Mr Leahey to Parents July 2017