Attendance Matters…


Brixham College is committed to providing a full educational experience to all students.

Students need to attend the College regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered to them. Irregular attendance undermines the educational process and can lead to educational disadvantage. There is evidence that truancy places children at risk and can result in students being drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviour.

A few word of wisdom:

90% attendance = half a day missed EVERY WEEK

90% attendance over one year = 4 MISSED WEEKS

90% attendance over 5 years = HALF A SCHOOL YEAR MISSED

Department of Education research has identified a clear link between poor attendance at school and academic achievement, of pupils who miss more that 50% of school ONLY 3% manage to achieve 5 or more GCSE’s A* – C

Whereas,  77% of pupils who have over 95% attendance achieve five or more GCSE’s at Grade 9 – 5

% attendance                    % chance of achieving 5 GCSE’s Grade 9 – 5

95%                                        77%

94%                                        74%

93%                                        60%

92%                                        53%

91%                                        44%

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It is the policy of the College to celebrate achievement. Attendance is a critical factor to a productive and successful school career. Brixham College will actively promote and encourage 100 per cent attendance for all students. The College will give a high priority to conveying to parents and students the importance of regular and punctual attendance. We recognise that parents have a vital role to play and that there is a need to establish strong home-school links and communication systems that can be used whenever there is concern about attendance.

If there are problems that affect a student’s attendance we will investigate, identify and strive in partnership with parents and students to resolve those problems as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will adopt a clearly focused approach aimed at returning the student to full attendance at all times.


  • To encourage 100% attendance and punctuality for all students
  • To ensure that parents and carers are aware of attendance and punctuality concerns promptly
  • To work with tutors, Heads of Year, SLT, our Attendance Welfare Officer (AWO), and other appropriate agencies to support 100% attendance & punctuality
  • To record and monitor attendance and absenteeism and apply appropriate strategies for improvement
  • To acknowledge and reward a successful record of attendance through the Class Charts
  • To ensure a consistent approach throughout the College
  • To improve attainment and achievement of students through improved levels of attendance.

Legal Framework

1. Parents/carers are legally responsible for ensuring that a child of compulsory school age receives a suitable education. They are encouraged to contact the College by 9am on the first day of absence by ringing the College absence line 01803 881228 and keeping us informed of any reasons for non-attendance.

2. Children registered at school must by law attend regularly, achieving the Government set target of 94%.

If your child is unable to attend school, for any reason, we would ask that you let us know about their absence as soon as you are able on the first day that they cannot attend.

  1. 01803 881228 is the College absence phone number.
  2. Email from an agreed account (i.e. the registered home email address)
  3. Personal contact through the attendance office, via reception where a note will be passed to the Tutor.

Absence from education/school comes in two forms; either Authorised or Unauthorised. If you let us know when your child is away from school, we can Authorise the absence which will not affect their attendance figure.If you fail to let us know when your child is away from school, the absence will be Unauthorised. This will affect their attendance figure.

Absence Request Forms can be downloaded here.

Absences will not be ‘Authorised’ if your child is in Year 10 or in Year 11; has an attendance figure of less than 95%; is not thought to be an Exceptional Circumstance.


Related documents:

Absence Request Forms can be downloaded here. Absence request form (including term time)