Attendance

As a parent, it is your legal responsibility to make sure that your child attends school every day, on time, so that they can take full advantage of the learning opportunities available.

Our benchmark and what is considered good pupil attendance is a minimum of 96%.  Attendance below 96% is concerning to us and 90% or less is classed by the DFE as persistent absenteeism.

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness you must contact school on the first day of absence. Our contact number is 01484 977211 or notify us via Parentapp. If the illness lasts for more than 3 days, you may be asked to provide a Doctor’s note.

Where no reason is given for your child’s absence and we are not given an explanation, the absence will be unauthorised.

Medical appointments – It is assumed that all routine medical and dental appointments will be taken outside of school hours.  For all other appointments please bring the appointment card / letter to school to

Extended absence requests – Please note, requests for other absence from school (holidays, trips abroad etc) must be made in writing in advance of booking tickets / flights.  All absence requests will not be authorised unless the situation is deemed to be exceptional.  Please note that taking unauthorised absence form school may lead to a fixed penalty notice being issued or your child losing their place in school.

School attendance is monitored closely, both by school and by the Attendance Pupil Support Officer. If a child is regularly missing from school, we will contact you to discuss the reasons for absence. The Attendance Pupil Support Officer may also become involved in our investigation. Wellbeing staff may also make unannounced home visits if we are concerned about your child’s absences.

We are sure that you understand how important it is that your child attends school, unless there is a genuine reason for absence. At this stage of your child’s education they will be laying down the foundations for academic success, developing social skills, building self-confidence and gaining skills that will help them throughout their lives. We believe that school is important; we hope that you do too. Our promise is to provide your child with the very best education that we can. To keep our promise, we need to make sure that your child is here.

For further details, please see our attendance policy.

For what reasons, apart from illness, can an absence from school be authorised?
  • Family holiday?
  • Birthday?
  • Buying school shoes?

None of these are correct. All of them would be unauthorised absence.

95% attendance over a school year is?

One day off a month.  90% would mean one day off every fortnight. Would an employer accept this level of absence?

Does a late arrival count as an absence?

Yes, after the register closes at 9am

If the child is late because of a medical appointment, would this count as an absence?

Yes. Even when you inform school about every appointment it is still classed as an “authorised medical absence”. This is why we ask for appointments to be arranged outside of school hours whenever possible.

If your family has an unauthorised holiday of 5 days what will happen?

Parents will be fined £60 per child per parent (increasing to £120 if not paid within 28 days) So, if there are 2 parents and you have 3 children, the fine would be £360, increasing to £720 if not paid within 28 days. The policy within Kirklees is that no term time holidays will be authorised

If your child’s attendance is 90% or less every year of their compulsory education what does this mean?
  • They miss 9 months of school?
  • They miss over a year of school?
  • They miss 2 years of school?

They miss over a year of school (90% means 19 days lost each year – there are 190 school days in a year)