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Attendance

If your child is absent from school, please call the academy on 0113 284 4260 (option 1). We require daily calls to ensure your child is safe.

 

Your child must be in school by 8.20am every day.
Late to school results in lost learning! 

Did you know...

If in a school year, your child is late everyday by... Your child will have lost approximately... Or they would have missed approximately …
 5 Minutes 3.5 days from school 20 Lessons
 10 minutes 7 days from school 41 Lessons
 15 minutes 10 days from school 50 Lessons
 20 minutes 14.5 days from school 82 Lessons
 30 minutes 22 days from school 123 Lessons

Does your child struggle with getting to school on time? run through this check list with your child to encourage them to improve their time management skills.

Leeds City Academy Attendance initiative

Regular attendance at school is vital to help your child achieve and get the best possible start in life. There are 30 days in a 6-week half term. If your child has 1 and a half days off school, their attendance will be 95%. Good attendance is central to students’ academic achievement and personal development. Please support your child and encourage them to achieve band 1.

Attendance above 97%+

 

Outstanding attendance, students in this band are more likely to achieve better outcomes.

 

Attendance drops below 95%+

 

Fast Track initiative will be implemented to improve attendance. A letter will be sent out to parents explaining their child’s attendance will be monitored to encourage better attendance.

 

Attendance drops below 93%

 

Parents invited for Student Attendance Panel meetings and further monitoring will continue to reduce risk of legal action. Students in this category will struggle to make as much progress as other students with better attendance.

 

90% or below

Attendance is not acceptable and a serious concern

 

Parents* of children in this category are at serious risk of facing legal action and attendance will be carefully monitored with the support of the local authority. Any absence will be unauthorised unless medical evidence is provided. Students in this category usually gain fewer qualifications

 

"Every day counts"
Your child's attendance target is 97% +

Did you know?

Attendance during one school year Equals days absent Which is approximately weeks absent Which means the number of lessons missed Absence over five years
95% 9 days 2 weeks 50 lessons ¼ year
90% 19 days 4 weeks 100 lessons ½ year
80% 38 days 8 weeks 200 lessons 1 year
70% 57 days 11½ weeks 288 lessons 1¼ years
60% 80 days 16 weeks 400 lessons 2 years
50% 100 days 20 weeks 500 lessons 2½ year

Parental Responsibilities

By law parents have a duty to educate their children by ensuring regular attendance at school or otherwise.

  • In order to facilitate this process, parents with children at Leeds City Academy are expected to:
  • inform school by telephone 0113 284 4260 on the first morning of any absence before 9.30am
  • provide a note to cover the absence on the child’s return to school
  • ensure that their child gets to school on time
  • ensure that their child catches up on missed work to avoid ‘gaps’ in their knowledge.
  • not take family holidays during term time (see further guidance below)
  • Only the Principal may authorise such absences. Absences without permission from school will be registered as unauthorised (equivalent to truancy).

 

’Exceptional Circumstances’ include:

  • illness of student
  • representative event (for example sport, music or school)
  • religious observance
  • family bereavement (immediate family)
  • family crisis
  • employer/further education/school interview
  • Any other ‘exceptional circumstances’ will be at the discretion of the Principal and a student’s attendance record will be taken into account when deciding whether or not to grant permission for absence.

 

‘Exceptional Circumstances’ DO NOT include:

  • looking after siblings
  • birthday or other celebrations
  • shopping
  • attendance at local events e.g. Great Yorkshire Show

The Legal Framework 

  • Under The Education Act 1999, parents are responsible for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive full-time education. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child’s regular attendance at the school where they are registered.
  • If a child of compulsory school age who is registered at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, the parent is guilty of an offence under this Act.

Aims

  • At LCA we firmly believe that all students benefit from regular school attendance. The aim of this guidance is to minimise the amount of time lost due to absence in order to maximise the educational potential of every student. This can be achieved with the support of parents by ensuring absence, including holidays, is not taken during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’*.
  • At LCA, in order for an attendance record to be deemed good, it must be 96% or above.