Promoting Attendance

Attendance at school is vital in ensuring success.

Below are just some of the key reasons why it is so important to attend school:

  • To learn
  • To make new friends
  • To experience new things in life
  • To gain qualifications
  • To develop new skills
  • To build confidence and self-esteem
  • To have the best possible start in life

It is a known fact that high levels of school attendance are linked to examination success. Reference: Miss School, Miss Out (Department of Education NI)

Whenever a students’ attendance falls below 90% intervention strategies will take place to support and encourage the pupil to come to school more regularly. If this continues to fall, then collaboration takes place with the Education Welfare Service in order to support our students and ensure that they have the best chance of meeting their potential.

We also celebrate those who have great attendance. This is in a number of ways including:

  • Individual rewards for those with excellent attendance and those who have improved, including recognition at Junior and Senior Prize Day.
  • Class rewards in each year group awarded monthly to celebrate classes who have achieved great attendance.
  • House trophy awarded at the end of each year for the house with the best attendance.

At Ashfield Girls’ High School, we want every student to have the opportunity to achieve their best. Attendance is key in helping them achieve their potential.