How we support attendance at STM
A supportive staff
Form tutors are the first point of contact for our students with attendance issues. Form tutors will encourage and challenge pupils to improve their attendance.
Pupil premium champions are there to support the attendance of our PP cohort.
Attendance champions are members of staff who will continually review attendance to see trends and determine next actions.
Heads of House promote the attendance of students in their half termly assemblies in a sporting manner.
Progress Leaders are committed to helping all students to improve their attendance.
Curriculum Leaders devise work that is fit for learners and inspire students to maintain their attendance. Curriculum areas will also have catch up work for students to complete for periods of absence.
Administration staff make contact home on a daily basis to support attendance.
Working with parents and outside agencies.
At STM we will always work with parents to support the attendance of our students. This will be to raise awareness of any concerns in the first instance and communicate pathways forward should this not lead to improvement.
We work with agencies across Cheshire East, to highlight attendance as an important school matter. We have productive relationships with professionals from Social Care, Police, and Health who support our attendance drive.
A parent working group meets regularly to help the school identify different ways to support our students and improve their attendance.
Helping students understand the importance of and how to stay healthy.
- Hand sanitisers for our students to minimise the impact of coughs and sneezes.
- Water fountains across the school for students to access and refill their water bottles.
- A range of options at lunch time for students to choose from to help maintain a balanced diet.
- Covered areas for eating and a dedicated indoor space for students at break and lunch.
We also display positive messages and school figures regarding attendance on the PiPs and through social media.
Clubs, advice and the curriculum
We offer the following:
- Careers advice that highlights what employers are looking for
- Homework club to allow students to complete their work and remove this as an obstacle to attendance.
- Extracurricular clubs to support students to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
- A curriculum that explores the multi-faceted ways to stay safe and healthy in and out of school.
- Bikeability for our Year 8 cohort and storage for cycles to promote this as an active alternative for travel.
In March 2016, the Department for Education published a report on the link between absence and attainment in Key Stages 2 and 4. The findings for both Key Stages show that in general, the higher the absence rate, the lower the likely level of attainment. The report states that at Key Stage 4: "Pupils with no absence are 2.2 times more likely to achieve 5+ GCSEs A*-C or equivalent and 2.8 times more likely to achieve 5+ GCSEs A*-C or equivalent including English and Mathematics, than pupils missing 15-20% of Key Stage 4 lessons.