Par­ents face bill for GCSES over ab­sence

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES - BY ADAM ASPINALL

PAR­ENTS face be­ing charged for GCSE ex­ams if their chil­dren are ab­sent from too many classes. Colchester Acad­emy sec­ondary in Es­sex plans to charge £65 per sub­ject for pupils with an at­ten­dance be­low 90%. The thresh­old, re­vealed to par­ents in a let­ter, is the equiv­a­lent of miss­ing 20 days in an aca­demic year. Prin­ci­pal Fiona Pier­son said: “Since send­ing this let­ter we have seen an im­prove­ment in Year 11 at­ten­dance of 1.1%. “The num­ber who have an at­ten­dance be­low 90% has de­creased by over half.” But she said par­ents would be ex­empt if there were med­i­cal rea­sons. Of­sted rated the school as re­quir­ing im­prove­ment in 2015 and it had been in special mea­sures.

AC­TION Fiona Pier­son

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