Why does it matter?

There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement, in a nutshell – how can our children learn if they are not here?

  • Of pupils with absence over 50%, only 3% manage to achieve five or more GCSE’s at grades A*- C including Maths and English
  • a child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life
  • poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
  • poor school attendance is also closely associated with crime - a quarter of school age offenders have truanted repeatedly

What we are doing?

At Goresbrook School we are working hard to identify early concerns and issues which may be affecting your child’s attendance.

  • we continuously promote the importance of good attendance throughout the school
  • we have robust monitoring processes in place
  • we ensure extensive support is offered to those who experience difficulties with punctuality and/or attendance

In addition to the above, we will now introduce termly attendance updates for parents/carers. A letter will be sent home at the end of each term which will contain your child’s current attendance percentage, this will not only keep you informed, but also give you the opportunity to discuss any queries. You will continue to receive a copy of your child’s attendance certificate at the end of the academic year.

What does our attendance say about our school?

The recent Ofsted report notes “Attendance is slightly above average in both the primary and secondary sections.” This demonstrates how Goresbrook provides a stimulating and enjoyable environment for our children and that most importantly; the children want to be here.

As parents and carers, we ask that you continue to support us in promoting the importance of good attendance by ensuring your child attends school regularly.


0203 597 6666,

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Text details of your child’s absence to

Primary - 07587 035391

Secondary - 07557 083 767


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