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At Lighthouse School we firmly believe that all students benefit from regular school attendance. The aim of this guidance is to minimise the amount of time lost due to absence in order to maximise the educational potential of every student. This can be achieved with the support of parents by ensuring absence, including holidays, is not taken during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.

At Lighthouse School, in order for an attendance record to be deemed good, it must be 96% or above:

  • 100% Excellent Attendance
  • 98% Very Good Attendance
  • 96% Good Attendance

Each year, a number of students from every year group achieve 100% attendance, emphasising that it is an achievable target. Some achieve this level of attendance year upon year. Absence during term time, for any reason, interrupts a student’s education and risks disrupting their educational progress.

Students and their families should aim for 100% attendance, The Department for Education state good attendance is 95% or better.

Students with:

  • 85% attendance are missing 1 1/2 days of education every fortnight.
  • 85% and below are classified as Persistent Absentees
  • 80% attendance all the way through secondary school is the equivalent of missing a whole year of education.
Attendance documents