Attendance Matters

At Uckfield College we highly value a student's attendance. 

Understanding the significant impact of attendance directly on a student’s progress and attainment as well as their positive social and emotional development is fundamental. 

At Uckfield College individual attendance levels are monitored throughout the academic year, and regularly communicated to students, parents and staff. 

This information is provided to support families to improve school attendance, and to show how attendance can impact the future of our students.

Early intervention is the best way to ensure that students are supported in maintaining excellent attendance.


What is good attendance

At Uckfield College we believe all students should have an attendance of 97% and above as students with attendance at this level throughout their school career, will make the most progress and this should lead to better prospects for work, college and university

At Uckfield College we believe that students who have 90% attendance and below are a cause for major concern. We think this because students with attendance at this level are missing a month of school per year and are likely not to reach their target grades. Progress will be negatively affected and their attendance will be viewed negatively by employers, further and higher education. 

A student with a 90% attendance record is absent from lessons for the equivalent of one half-day every week.


A student with a 90% attendance rate misses the equivalent of four whole weeks of lessons in one school year.



A student with 90% attendance throughout KS3 and KS4 (5 years) misses the equivalent of about one half of a school year.



A study by The Department for Education shows that attendance is likely to affect GCSE outcomes in the following way:



How we support attendance

Attendance is celebrated by form mentors during PDT and by Directors of Year in assemblies. Certificates and prizes are given to individuals and form groups who have excellent attendance.

Attendance is routinely monitored by the Pastoral Team and Helen Lovell (Attendance Officer).

When the team has concerns about attendance they will write to parents/carers to express their concerns and to discuss how the student can be supported to increase their attendance.

If you would like to discuss attendance with a member of the team, the contact details are below

Year Group




Jo Ogden


Tracey Cheal


Laura Burton


Richard Stonebanks


Di Ricketts


Jessie Palmer


Jessie Palmer

All Years

Helen Lovell