How Attendance Can Impact Achievement and Attainment

Due to the strong partnership that exists between students, parents and staff at Beacon Academy, we have good rates of attendance. However, with your ongoing support we believe we can make further improvements.

Research by the Department for Education demonstrates that attendance plays a vital role in a student’s progress. At Beacon Academy individual attendance levels are monitored throughout the academic year, and regularly communicated to students, parents and staff. We provide this information in order to support families to improve attendance rates, and to illustrate how attendance can impact the future of our students.

A significant proportion of our students have an attendance rate of around 90%. Many believe this to be acceptable, but what does it really mean for our students?

What does an attendance rate of 90% look like?

A student with a 90% attendance record is absent from lessons for the equivalent of one half-day every week.


A student with a 90% attendance rate misses the equivalent of four whole weeks of lessons in one school year.


A student with 90% attendance throughout KS3 and KS4 (5 years) misses the equivalent of about one half of a school year.


Attendance and Achievement

Research proves that there is a direct link between a student’s attendance levels and their academic achievement. A study by The Department for Education shows that attendance is likely to affect GCSE outcomes in the following way:

  • 78.7% of students who do not miss any weeks of school in Key Stage 4 are likely to achieve 5+ A*-Cs (9-4) including English and Mathematics
  • However, the percentage drops to 52% if they miss between 4-5 weeks
  • An improvement in attendance by 1%, just two days in an academic year, could result in a 5- 6% improvement in attainment.


We endeavour to work with families to make sure that any problems or circumstances which may lead or be leading to poor attendance are given the right attention and appropriate support. In the rare cases where there is a justifiable reason for a student’s low attendance, it is expected that the parent/carer will engage and communicate proactively with us providing clear information and explaining the reason for the persistent absence. We have a range of flexible and supportive options available to our students with specific needs in order to help them attend and therefore not miss out on their education.

For support and guidance concerning attendance please contact the relevant Assistant Head of Year.

Name Position Contact Details
Miss A McCormack Assistant Head of Year - Year 7 01892 603000 ext 226,
Miss C Wells Assistant Head of Year - Year 8 01892 603000 ext 118,
Mrs D Carne Assistant Head of Year - Year 9 01892 603000 ext 249,
Mrs J Feltham Assistant Head of Year - Year 10 01892 603000 ext 103,
Mrs S Layne Assistant Head of Year - Year 11 01892 603000 ext 203,

Reporting an absence

When a child is to be absent from school without prior permission, parents and carers must adhere to the following guidelines in order to ensure that the absence is recorded.

Please ensure that it is reported by 8.30am at the very latest on every day of the absence unless otherwise agreed. Once recorded, and if appropriate, the message will then be circulated to the relevant members of staff.

Absence may be reported via one or more of the following channels:

  • All attendance issues should be reported via Edulink in the first instance. Please select the Absence Reporting icon.

  • Absences may also be reported by calling the Student Absence Line on 01892 603053 or by emailing

For further information please see our Attendance Policy or contact our Attendance and Family Liaison Officer via email or by calling 01892 603 000.

Information about requesting a withdrawal from learning during term-time is below.

East Sussex County Council Leaflet - Request for Withdrawal from Learning During Term-Time

Request for Withdrawal from Learning During Term-Time Application Form

Is My Child Too Ill for School?

This NHS guide includes a link to UK Government Guidelines to support parents and carers.