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Attendance and Absence

Raise your child’s attendance – Raise their chances!

At Outwood Primary Academy Kirkhamgate excellent attendance and punctuality is our aim for every child. Full attendance maximises learning opportunities and parents/carers have a critical role in promoting good attitudes in attendance. We ask for support from parents/carers to ensure that their children are present at every opportunity, arrive on time and to avoid allowing children to stay at home unnecessarily, or taking them out of school without authorisation. Evidence shows that students who attend school regularly make better progress both academically and socially.

We monitor student’s attendance closely and will follow up unexplained absence with parents/carers, by telephone and/or by letter. Where a student’s attendance record reaches a concerning level, we will contact parents/carers to discuss ways in which the Academy can support you and your child.

Our Academy attendance target of 97% is the minimum that we expect for all students. Every lesson counts and it is this commitment to learning that will have a positive effect on children and their futures.

Punctuality and Registration

The law requires the register to be taken twice a day – at 8.55am at the start of the morning session and 1pm at the start of the afternoon session.
• Children are expected to arrive by 8.50am in order to be ready for the start of the first lesson at 8.55am.
• Registers close at 9.00am in the morning. After 9.00am children will be marked as late, after 9.15am children will be marked as an unauthorised absence unless a satisfactory explanation has been received. For the afternoon session registers close at 1.15pm.
• The register is marked using the DfE Attendance and Absence Codes.
• Guidance on applying the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006 can be found in ‘Advice on School Attendance’ published 2012 by the DfE.

Persistent Absence

Persistent Absence is a serious problem for students. Much of the work children miss when they are off school is never made up, leaving these students at a considerable disadvantage.
A student defined as a ‘Persistent Absentee’ is one who misses 15% or more of school.
Schools are challenged by the Government to address the problem of persistent absenteeism. The government has strengthened schools’ ability to respond by increasing Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) to £60 if paid within 21 days and £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days.