Regular school attendance - why it is so important

Going to school regularly is important to your child's future. For example, children who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. This could affect their ability to get a good job, go into further education or whatever it is they want to do as an adult.

You can help your child attend regularly by:

  • making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality
  • taking an interest in their education - ask about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities
  • discussing any problems they may have at school - inform their Guild about anything serious
  • not letting them take time off school for minor ailments - particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work
  • arranging appointments and outings after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays will help to prevent disruption to your child's education and to the school.

What does authorised and unauthorised absence mean?

You should not expect the school to agree to your child having a leave of absence, (i.e. holiday), during term time. Parents do not have an automatic right to a leave of absence during term time and permission will only be given in exceptional circumstances.

What will happen if my child misses school?

It is important that parents are aware of attendance and absence in order to address this with their children and support their progress. There are a range of situations in which the Academy may respond to absence: · On the first day of absence home contact will be made where the absence is unauthorised using the ‘Keep Kids Safe’ system at the close of morning registration · Unexplained absence of three days or more, when a student has not returned to the Academy · Persistent lateness · Unexplained absence from one lesson during a session · Identified patterns of non-attendance

Help! My child is not attending school regularly

If you are concerned about your child's school attendance, it is always best to talk to the school first. Leeds City Council offers a range of services to support families who encounter difficulties in ensuring their children attend school regularly.

Intervention work will be done to avoid students reaching Persistent Absentees (PA) status. The Academy will work with parents/carers, staff, agencies and pupils to prevent children from falling into this category. Students with attendance of lesson than 95% will be identified by the guild team and may be referred to the Academy Attendance Improvement Officer (AIO) for more intensive casework.

Extended Leave

Any holiday taken during Academy time will not be authorised as it is a period of learning missed for the child.  The Academy reserves the right to look at individual cases or exceptions to this expectation on compassionate grounds or other unforeseen family crises. On these occasions the family must contact the Academy in advance of any travel arrangements being made and must have authorisation from the Academy. The Academy will only on any individual occasion authorise a maximum of 20 days extended leave in exceptional circumstances. Any extended leave or holidays taken without the authorisation of the Academy will be referred to the Attendance Improvement Team to follow up in a formal way with appropriate warnings and fines applied.