Sixth Form Attendance

Why is good attendance so important?

Good attendance is vital for students to achieve their full educational potential. Students with good attendance benefit in the following ways:

  • Continuity of learning which makes progress and retention easier
  • Improved performance in examinations and coursework
  • Continuity of relationships and friendships
  • Good references for university and employment
  • Good habits formed for later life.
  • What constitutes good attendance?

Attendance percentatges in the high nineties are considered good. Consider the following:

  • An attendance record of 90% is equal to 1 day missed per fortnight. If this continues for the two years of Sixth Form this will be the equivalent of missing over 2 months of education.
  • An attendance record of 80% is equal to 1 day missed per week. If this continues for the two years of Sixth Form it is the equivalent of missing almost 6 months of education.

How is attendance measured in the Sixth Form?

Mrs Desai, our Sixth Form Administrator, monitors the attendance of students. She measures their percent attendance to am/pm registration and also attendance to each lesson.

How are expectations different to the lower school?

The following expectations are in the Sixth Form Planner and are outlined to students and parents at the start of the academic year.

  • All students must attend registration daily at 8.35am.
  • Students can go home from 1.35pm if they do not have a lesson 5 or 6.
  • Students will be placed in ‘Study Rehab’ if they miss a lesson without providing a reason (i.e. by completing the steps below). The Bishop Wand Church of England School
  • If a student is ill the parent must ring the school absence line before 8.35am (01932 778600) or alternatively email .
  • If a student knows they will be absent they must see the teachers of the lessons missed with a blue form found in the Study. Hand it to Mrs Perry.
  • If a student is ill during the day they must complete a yellow form to explain to their teachers or alternatively see Miss Rook.
  • If a student arrives late or needs to leave early they should sign in and out in the Study.
  • If a block of time off is needed for any reason this must be put in writing to Mr Aldridge e.g. for work experience outside of the designated slot.
  •  Attendance concerns will be discussed with students initially but where improvements do not follow parents will be notified and involved where necessary.
  • Students should not take paid work during the hours of 8.35am-4.15pm.