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.

We care about your child's absence from school

Regular attendance at school is vital to help your child achieve and get the best possible start in life. Good attendance is central to students’ academic achievement and personal development, those who show resilience with their attendance not only benefit from better results but also benefit from learning life skills, building positive relationships with staff and students. At Leeds City Academy we are here to support your child and ensure they have the best experience in their journey through secondary education.

0-5 days absence in a school year


Outstanding attendance!


Students in this band get the best experience at Leeds City Academy and do not miss out on fantastic learning opportunities and experiences. Those with no more than 5 days of absence in a school year achieve better outcomes, improve their exam performance which can result in better life chances.

9-18 days absence in a school year


Attendance in school needs some work!


Students in this band may miss out on some unique opportunities that occur at Leeds City Academy. At LCA we are always exploring ways to improve the positive experiences for our students whether it is a reward event, guest speakers coming in or a school trip. If your child is frequently absent from school they will miss out on these opportunities, and may struggle in their exams due to lost learning.

19+ days

Attendance requires attention and support


Students in this band are not getting the full experience of Leeds City Academy and are missing out on all the great opportunities that are on offer. In addition to this, your child will miss out on the social aspects of interacting with friends and building positive relationships with staff, these factors contribute positively to good mental health. Students with 19+ days absence will find exams difficult due to lost learning, therefore possibly limiting their life chances.


"Every day counts"
Your child's attendance target is no more than 5 days absence from school in a school year.

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
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 should be in school by 8.20am every day. This ensures they are on time, relaxed & ready for form time at 8.30am. If your child is late to school, this is likely to result in lost learning & falling behind their peers.

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.

Ghidul Nostru Pentru Prezență Excelentă

Magic Breakfast 

Every morning 8:00am-8:25am the academy is open to all students to take part in Magic Breakfast.

Magic Breakfast gives students the opportunity to make sure they are fuelled for the day, choosing from a range of breakfast items ranging from cereal to toast and bagels, all for free!

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

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).


The Legal Framework 

  • Under The Education Act 1996, 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. 

Attendance Strategy 2023-2024

Attendance Strategy 2024