Does attendance affect your chances of achieving 5 good GCSEs?

Yes it certainly does! And you should bear this carefully in mind when considering whether or not to take children out of school for holidays during term time (or thinking about whether the regular "odd day off" matters).

Set out to the right are not estimates or theories, but hard statistical FACTS about how your percentage attendance affects your chances of ending your time at school with at least five good GCSE passes (Grades A*-C).

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If  your attendance is 95.1% to 100% your chances are  69.4% (You are an odds-on favourite)

If  your attendance is 90.1%  to  95% your chances are  51.2% (You have significantly less chance)

If  your attendance is 85.1%  to  90% your chances are  28.2% (You are an outsider)

Now think about THIS! Taking just 10 days holiday in term-time means that your MAXIMUM attendance can only be 95%. Check above as to how that affects your chances.

And also think about THIS! Taking "A day off every couple of weeks" means that your MAXIMUM attendance can only be 90%. Check above as to how that affects your chances.


Pupils! It's your future, and "IT'S UP TO YOU!"