School to charge parents for GCSE exams if children skip lessons

A school in Essex is to force parents to pay for their children’s GCSE exams if pupils miss too many classes. 

Colchester Academy Principle, Fiona Pierson, brought in the initiative in an attempt to stop truancy at the school.  

If a pupil is absent for more than 10 per cent the timetable for one subject – equivalent to 20 lessons in a year – their parents will be asked to pay £65 for each exam in that subject. 

The academy school was rated as “requiring improvement” in its last Ofsted report, with concerns raised over a lack of progress being made with GCSEs results.

But since sending out a letter to families warning them of the new attendance expectations, Ms Pierson said Colchester Academy had seen a considerable improvement.

“Since sending this letter out we have seen an improvement in Year 11 attendance of 1.1 per cent,” she said.

“In…

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