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Thornleigh Salesian College
Sharples Park
Bolton, BL1 6PQ

T: 01204 301 351
F: 01204 595 351

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Parental Guidance

Why regular attendance is important:

Students who fail to attend regularly experience educational and social disadvantage at school and their future life prospects can be impaired.  They can also be at risk of drifting into antisocial and criminal behaviour.  Student absence can also disrupt teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same learning environment. To ensure your child reaches his / her full potential it is very important that you make sure your child attends regularly and punctually. Whilst any child may be off school because they are ill, sometime they can be reluctant to attend school.  Any problems with regular attendance are best resolved through close communication between the school, the parent and the child.  Once we know that your child is having problems we will try to resolve them.

Curriculum Support Senior Co-ordinator for Attendance is Mrs Morris.

What is GOOD Attendance?

All students complete their attendance record in their Training Diaries. 95% attendance is seen as a good level of attendance.  If your child has an attendance rate below 95% please ensure that everything possible is done to improve it. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, anything below 90% becomes a concern and students will be closely  monitored by the school’s Curriculum Senior Support Co-ordinator for Attendance Mrs W Morris. You may be invited in for a formal meeting with the school. Attendance can be placed into context in the table shown: Attendance and attainment have a very strong correlation as demonstrated in the research findings:

Attendance %Absence per week / fortnightAbsence per yearAbsence over 5 years
95 ½ day fortnightly 2 weeks ¼ year
90 ½ day weekly 4 weeks ½ year
85 1 day fortnightly 6 weeks ¾ year

Attendance and attainment have a very strong correlation as demonstrated in the research findings below:

Attendance %5+ A*-C %
93.5 and above 74.3
92.5 – 93.49 60.4
88 and below 26.7

Attendance Graph

What do I do if my child is absent from school?

  • Telephone the main school phone number on 01204 301 351 and press option 1 to report a child’s absence.
  • Please do this before 8.30am on the first day of absence.  If your child is going to be absent for more than a day, please contact us again on the third day so we can update our records.
  • Please send a note on your child’s return to school, regardless of whether you have already phoned.

Holidays in Term Time

The Government has amended key legislation which came into force with effect from 1 September 2013 relating specifically to the authorisation of leave during term time. This decision has been made to encourage schools to take a firmer stance on unnecessary absence and to dispel the myth held by many parents that there is an entitlement to take time off for holidays in term time.

Taking holidays in term time will affect your son’s / daughter’s schooling as much as any other absence. We ask all parents not to book holidays during term time. Remember that any savings you may make by taking holidays in school time are offset by the cost to your child’s education.

If your child is absent from school for a holiday, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and we are obliged to pass this information on to the Early Intervention Service which may result in a penalty notice being issued.

We hope you will acknowledge and understand the limitations placed on schools in granting any leave in term time. Therefore, we look forward to receiving your support as we continue to maintain the high standards of attendance at Thornleigh Salesian College.

If you require your child to take any leave of absence from school, please fill in the form attached to the link below and bring in to school:

Application form for Leave of Absence from School

Religious Observations in Term Time

The school will authorise absence that is due to religious observance, but the day must be exclusively set as part of religious observance by the religious body.

The school may only allow one day of authorised absence under these circumstances. All requests for leave due to religious observance must be made in advance and in writing to the Head Teacher Mrs Burrowes.

  • Thornleigh Salesian College is committed to helping your child to achieve their full potential
  • Please support us in ensuring that your child understands the importance of maximum attendance

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