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Est. 1921


An excellent record of attendance at school has a major impact on your child’s academic progress. Research shows that there is a direct link between poor attendance and poor examination results.

Every student in Calderstones has an absolute minimum attendance target of 97%

Not attending school for only one day a week equates to only 80% attendance. This means that your child will miss out on a whole school year of learning during their first five crucial years in secondary education.

Days off school soon add up


0  days

0 lessons missed

No risk to achievement


1 day

5 lessons missed

Slight risk to achievement


3 days

15 lessons missed

Low risk to achievement


1 week

25 lessons missed

Some risk to achievement


1.5 weeks

35 lessons missed

Risk to achievement


2 weeks

50 lessons missed

Risk to achievement


2.5 weeks

65  lessons missed

Serious risk to achievement


3 weeks

75 lessons missed

Severe risk to achievement


3.5 weeks

90 lessons missed

Extreme risk to achievement

Students attendance

Chance of achieving 5 good pass grades at GCSE

100% - 96%

73% of Students achieve 5 good pass grades.

96% - 94%

64% of Students achieve 5 good pass grades.

93% - 90%

55% of Students achieve 5 good pass grades

80% to 70%

Only 20% chance of achieving 5 good pass grades

50% and below

Only 6% of Students achieve 5 good pass grades

What must I do as a parent/carer?

As a parent/carer you are legally responsible for ensuring that your child attends school regularly and is punctual. We will work closely with you to help support you with this. Sometimes this will be support from the Assistant Head of Year or another member of our Pastoral Team. Sometimes this will involve us working with the Local Authority and our Education Welfare Officer.

Parents/carers should ensure that their children attend school every day and arrive on time.

If your child is going to be absent you must phone the school by 9:00am on the first day of absence on 0151 724 2087. Please contact your child’s Assistant Head of Year, as well, if further more detailed information needs to be shared.   

Remember to update us every day on the situation.

Remember to provide a note on the first day that your child returns to school. This should be given to their Form Tutor.

A telephone call or letter does not in itself authorise an absence. Only the school can authorise an absence after considering the information you have provided.

Authorised Absences still affect your child’s attendance record. They may include:

  • Sickness which means that your child is too ill to attend
  • Unavoidable hospital, medical/dental appointments (please give the school prior notice)
  • Days of religious observance (agreed with the Head Teacher beforehand)
  • Exceptional family circumstances (e.g. bereavement)
  • Going to other providers such as a secondary school visit, interview or examination.

Unauthorised Absences may include:

  • Shopping for shoes, uniform or other items or hair cuts
  • Looking after family members who are unwell (unless there is an unavoidable emergency when no more than two sessions may be authorised)
  • Minding the house/ waiting for deliveries
  • Birthdays, including parties or treats
  • Day trips/ Holidays
  • Medical appointments which could have been made outside of school hours. Please ask for appointments outside of school hours, rather than accept the appointment you may be first allocated.

Punctuality matters

All students are expected to be in school by 8:35 and in their tutor rooms ready to be registered at 8.40am. Students arriving after 8:45 will be marked late.

Any students arriving after 8.45am should sign in at the resource centre office.

Persistent lateness may lead to discussions with the Education Welfare Officer in order to address the concerns. 

However, remember, it is always better to be late rather than not in at all!


Calderstones School does not condone students taking holidays in school time because of the impact it has on learning, progress and ultimately examination performance.

School will, therefore, not authorise a holiday in term time except in the most extreme and very exceptional circumstances. In such circumstances, a written application must be made to the Headteacher at least one month prior to the expected date of the holiday. An appropriate response will then be sent to you in writing.

Weddings and family events are not classed as exceptional circumstances and cannot, therefore, be authorised.

Parents / Carers MUST take holidays in the school holidays NOT during term time.


At Calderstones students are rewarded for achieving excellent attendance and punctuality. Please see our rewards page for further information on this.