Headteacher Update 6th May 2022


Dear Parent

In the remaining weeks of the year I intend to take a more thematic approach to weekly emails as well as keeping you up to date with general school news. This week I want to concentrate on the importance of good attendance.

Last week Miss Naylor led assemblies with a very clear focus on the importance of good attendance and punctuality. She stressed the following to students:

  • The vast majority of our students have excellent records of attendance; the link between excellent attendance and excellent progress at school is very clear.
  • Attendance rates at Hartford are well above the national average and this is something to be celebrated.
  • Normally 90% is an excellent result in a test or assessment; 90% attendance is not good – it means absence for a day every two weeks; over five years this adds up to half a school year.
  • We all know that if that in the world of work 90% attendance is unacceptable. Even 95% attendance means a day off every four weeks. That’s why our attendance target is 97%.
  • Students need to be on site for 8.30am and go to their year group zone. Those students that enter school after 8.40am are late for school and will be kept on that day until 3.30pm. Parents will be notified by an email if their child is late for school.
  • We praise those students with 100% attendance by sending a certificate each term and entering students with 100% into a prize draw.
  • Good attendance is essential for students’ learning and attainment and opens up more opportunities for their future; poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable.
  • Absence at any stage leads to gaps in students’ learning. This can mean that they fall behind in work which in turn affects motivation, enjoyment of learning, confidence, ability to have or maintain friendships. It also means they miss out on the social life of school and extra-curricular opportunities and experiences

Parents need to know that absence is recorded as either authorised or unauthorised. Information regarding the reason for absence is always required. You can do this via telephone to our absence line 01606786000. The school will determine whether an absence is authorised or unauthorised. Unauthorised absences are an offence by the parent under section 7 of the 1996 Education Act.

The link below takes you directly to what we say about this on the school website


Enjoy the weekend.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland