Attendance and Lateness

Magherafelt High School places a strong emphasis on attendance and punctuality at school.  Regular school attendance is crucial in raising standards in education and ensuring that every child can have full access to the school curriculum and reach their potential.

  • 90% in a test is good! BUT…90% attendance isn’t
  • This equates to nearly 4 weeks off in a school year!
  • Over 5 years this means you have missed half a year of school.

The single biggest favour you can do for your child is to send them to school. Every day, on time!

 

WHY IS EDUCATION IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD?

Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life. Employers will want to be sure that the people they are thinking of employing are reliable. Therefore, children who have attended their school regularly will have more opportunities to get a good job, have a high standard of living and enjoy life. Young people who miss school, even for a short period, are taking a risk because:

  • • They will possibly miss some vital work in school and may have difficulty in catching up with others.
  • • If they gather in neighbourhoods outside school, they risk the temptation of crime and drugs or becoming victims of crime and abuse.
  • • They will learn bad habits about reliability and time keeping and, as a result, risk long-term unemployment when they eventually leave school.

 

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS?

Your main responsibility as parents is to ensure that your child attends school regularly.

 

WHAT DOES THIS ACTUALLY MEAN?

Your child must:

  • Attend school every day
  • Arrive at school before 9.15 am
  • Be suitably dressed and equipped for school
  • Be prepared to learn

YOUR CHILD MUST NOT BE KEPT AWAY FROM SCHOOL:

  • To look after brothers or sisters
  • To mind the house
  • To visit relatives
  • For long weekends
  • For shopping trips
  • For holidays

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

  • • If you feel that your child is trying to avoid going to school for any reason, please contact their Form Teacher or Head of Year as soon as possible.
  • • If your child is absent from school, contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence by either:
  1. Phoning the school – Tel: 02879632385
  2. Sending a note
  3. Making an appointment to speak to someone at the school

To ensure your child has an accurate attendance record, you must send a signed and dated note confirming the reason for their absence, so that it is not recorded as an unauthorised absence (i.e. truanting)

If your child is late on three occasions they will be issued with a lateness detention.  Pupils are expected to be punctual for assembly, registration and all classes.  Pupils who arrive late into class will be marked as being late on the class register.

In the event of attendance falling below 85%, parents are notified of the school’s concerns and this information will be shared with the Education Welfare Service.  Further information pertaining to attendance can be found in the Attendance Policy.

 

REWARDS SYSTEM

At Magherafelt High School we like to celebrate good attendance with the following rewards:

Monthly Award - The Form Class with the top attendance will receive the Attendance cup, merits and a reward during their next Form period.

100% Attendance Certificates - Each term 100% attendance certificates will be awarded.  Everyone will have the opportunity to receive one or all three levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates of Merit.  This allows every child the opportunity to strive for full attendance.

Summer Award - Every child (Yr8-10) with excellent attendance will be rewarded with an attendance trip during the summer term.

Senior Award - For pupils in Year 11 and 12 they must have excellent attendance to be awarded with a gift voucher.