The Importance of Attendance

At Epsom & Ewell High School we want the best for your children and this includes us all aspiring to have the best possible attendance, 97% and above.  The correlation between high attendance and high attainment at GCSE is evident and having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life. Good attendance in school will help to prepare students for the world of work, by embedding work place values.

Did you know that:

  • A child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life.
  • 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all
  • Poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
  • 7.5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence.

GCSEs for some may seem a long way off for you and your child but all absence at any stage leads to gaps in your child’s learning. This in turn can:

  • Mean that they fall behind in work
  • Affect their motivation
  • Affect their enjoyment of learning
  • Affect their desire to attend school regularly
  • Affect their confidence in school
  • Mean they miss out on the social life of school and extra curricular opportunities and experiences
  • Affect their ability to have or keep friendships.


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