Leeds City Academy



At LCA we believe the home-academy partnership is essential and will help our learners to achieve and succeed. Research going back many years has consistently told us, not surprisingly that parents are the most important people in their children’s lives, and that their support for their children’s learning and development is crucial.

Working together with students and the local community, we are very proud of the progress we have made to ensure that every student attends the academy and reaches their full potential. Let’s work together and ensure our young people continue to achieve and succeed.


“Every Day Counts”
Your child’s Attendance target is 97% + 

Attendance Support at Leeds City Academy

Simon Ford - Vice Principal
Gemma Edwards - Assistant Principal
Daniel Khan - Attendance Leader
Alicia Wilkinson - Attendance Officer
Emi Banciu - Student Progress and Community Liaison Officer

 Additional Attendance Support

Emma Clegg - Year 7 Manager

Kristina Batten - Year 8 Manager

Sara Thompson - Year 9 Manager
Ben O'Connell -Year 10 Manager
Richard Fox - Year 11 Manager
Sheila Howarth - Pastoral Manager

The attendance team will support your child to ensure they are meeting the academy expectation of 97% and they will work together, with your support, to achieve the best possible outcome.  

If you have any concerns or updates regarding your child’s attendance please contact the academy on 0113 284 4260.

There is an expectation that all parents inform the academy of absence; any absence unexplained will be followed up with a home visit.

Leeds City Academy Attendance Incentive & RAG System 

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.


Band 1


Band 2

95% - 96%

Band 3

91% - 94%

Band 4

90% Below

 *NB The minimum attendance expected from any student is 97% (Band 1) 

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

97%+ Attendance Rewards

There is a whole school reward system in place for attendance & punctuality, together with several incentive schemes and competitions. These are designed to recognise and reward students for excellent attendance and significant improvement or effort, and to encourage students to further improve their attendance and punctuality (both as individuals and in coaching groups). 

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.


  • 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.