Rushey Mead Academy takes the attendance of its students seriously and as a result has one of the highest attendance records of any school in Leicester. 

Studies show there is a direct correlation between good attendance and good exam results. The average attendance of students at Rushey Mead who achieved 5 or more A* - C GCSEs including Maths and English, last year, was 96.7%. Of the students achieving 5 A* - C with English and Maths, only 8.8% of them had 92% attendance or below. Of the students achieving 5 or more A* - C GCSEs, 80.4% had at least 95% attendance.

Rushey Mead promotes and celebrates good attendance.  100% attendance certificates are awarded to students who achieve this each term. A certificate is also awarded at the end of each year to those students who achieve 100% attendance for the whole year.  A monthly attendance cup is awarded by each year group, to the form with the highest attendance at the end of each month.

Punctuality is also an important aspect of school attendance. Students who are regularly late are significantly disadvantaged as they can miss important information and learning. They can also have a detrimental effect on the learning of others in the classroom.

What is poor attendance?

90% attendance is the same as ½ day off school every week or 4 whole weeks of lessons missed over a year.  We work closely with the Education Welfare Service to provide support for students and parents.  Parents of students who have poor attendance that has not been authorised may be liable to fines or prosecution.

How can you help your child?

  • Avoid taking holidays in school time. These can only be sanctioned by the Principal and it should not be assumed that permission for a holiday will be granted.
  • Regularly check your child’s attendance.
  • Make sure your child is only absent from school for genuine reasons. Birthdays and shopping are not reasons for time off school.
  • Click here to view our extended absence policy, and download an application form if required.
  • Talk regularly to your child about school. Are there any problems we should be aware of?
  • Know your child’s routine and timetable and make sure they have all the equipment they need.
  • Be mindful of extra stress in the lead up to exam and coursework/homework deadlines.
  • Help your child catch up with missed work.
  • Remember to praise for good/improved attendance.
  • Contact school immediately to explain why your child is off. Telephone 0116 26637370 and speak to Student Support.