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Attendance Matters

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving you the best possible start in life. Students who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. Good attendance shows potential employers that you are reliable. Research suggests that students who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime. Below is a table showing how your percentage attendance equates to the amount of school time missed.

Attendance during one school yearEquivalent DaysEquivalent SessionsEquivalent WeeksEquivalent Lessons Missed
95%10 Days20 Sessions2 Weeks50 Lessons
90%20 Days40 Sessions4 Weeks100 Lessons
85%30 Days60 Sessions6 Weeks150 Lessons
80%40 Days80 Sessions8 Weeks200 Lessons
75%50 Days100 Sessions10 Weeks250 Lessons
70%60 Days120 Sessions12 Weeks300 Lessons
65%70 Days140 Sessions14 Weeks350 Lessons

Unauthorising Future Absences

Should attendance fall to below 92% we will send a letter informing you of our concerns. We will ask for medical evidence to be supplied in order for any further absences to be authorised. This can be in the form of an appointment card, prescription or medical letter.

Unauthorised absences can lead to more formal legal monitoring and you could be at risk of being issued a Fixed Penalty Notice

Should attendance fall below 90% you may be invited into school so we can support you in improving your child’s attendance. A child with attendance below 90% is classed as being “persistently absent”, schools are expected to take action to address this are of concern. We are committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure students’ have the best possible chance of achieving their full potential.

Every Minute Counts

If you arrive late to school every day, your learning begins to suffer. Below is a graph showing how being late to school every day over a school year adds up to lost learning time.

A Reminder for Parents – Leave of Absence during Term Time

As you will all be aware, current attendance regulations stipulate a Headteacher may not grant a leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Each application for a leave of absence will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own merits. It is for the Headteacher to decide what he/she views as ‘exceptional’ and it is at their discretion if the circumstances warrant the leave to be granted. If the leave is granted, the head teacher is able to determine the number of school days a child can be absent for.

Where applications for leave of absence are made in advance and refused, the child will be required to be in school on the dates set out in the application.

If the child is absent during that period, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence, which may result in legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice. Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the parent(s).

All matters of unauthorised absence will be referred to the Attendance & Welfare Service at Redcar & Cleveland Local Authority.

Where a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued and not paid within the required timeframe as set out on the notice, the matter will be referred to Redcar & Cleveland Local Authority’s Legal Services to consider instigating criminal proceedings under Section 444 Education Act 1996.

Parents are asked to respect the new regulations under which the school must work and if there is a need to take a child out of school during term-time, an application or request must be made in advance and make clear how the circumstances are exceptional.

Leave of Absence During Term Time

In September 2013, the Government introduced some significant changes to attendance regulations for pupils at school. Headteachers are no longer permitted to authorise leave for holidays and can only grant leave of absence in exceptional circumstances.

Important Website Links

Redcar and Cleveland School Attendance: CLICK HERE

Redcar and Cleveland Holiday Policy: CLICK HERE

Government Attendance and Absence: CLICK HERE

Nunthorpe Academy Attendance Policy: CLICK HERE

Parents guide to term time holidays

Your Legal Responsibility

If your child does not attend school regularly (over 90%) the local authority can take action against you. This can be through a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) or a summons to appear at Magistrates’ Court.

What is a Fixed Penalty Notice?

The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 introduced legislation for Local Authorities to issue Fixed

Penalty Notice Fines to parents/carers of pupils who have unauthorised absences from school.

A Penalty Notice Fine can be issued for 2 reasons:

What are the fines?

£120 per parent/carer reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days. If the £120 is not paid within 28 days a summons can be issued to appear in Magistrates’ Court.

The Local Authority can decide whether to issue a summons to Magistrates’ Court instead of a Penalty Notice Fine.

Unauthorised Leave in Term (Holidays)

Children are not entitled to holidays in term time. Family holidays should be taken during school holiday periods.

Requests for leave due to exceptional circumstances preventing the period of leave being taken during school holidays must made in writing to the Headteacher at least 4 weeks in advance.  An application form can be obtained from main reception, the Attendance Office or alternatively a copy can be downloaded here.

Fines of £120 per parent/carer reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days may be issued where unauthorised leave has been taken during term time.

Absence during Term Time

Children must not be absent from school for:

What is a ‘persistent absence’ student?

If your child takes too much time off school they will become categorised as PA or persistently absent.  (Attendance below 90% = persistent absence).

Missing school will make your child fall behind in lessons and will impact on their academic progress and achievement.

Don’t allow your child to become a PA student.

This table shows how many days missed each half–term will make your child a PA student:


Half Term 14 days of absence from September until October half term will make your child a PA student.
Half Term 1-27½ days of absence from September until the Christmas holiday will make your child a PA student.
Half Term 1-310½ days of absence from September until February half term will make your child a PA student.
Half Term 1-413½ days of absence from September until the Easter holidays will make your child a PA student.
Half Term 1-516 days of absence from September until May half term will make your child a PA student.
Half Term 1-620 days of absence for the full academic year (September to end of summer term in July) will make your child a PA student.

Promoting excellent attendance to ensure that your child makes every minute of every lesson of everyday count.

Promoting Excellent Attendance

Promoting excellent attendance to ensure that your child makes every minute of every lesson of everyday count

Attending school has a huge impact on your child’s academic success starting from reception all the way through to Year 11 and into the 6th form. Families play a vital role in making sure that their children get to school safely, regularly and on time. Here are some useful tips to help you.

Always make school a priority

Help your child to stay on track

Missing school will make your child fall behind in lessons and will impact on their academic progress and achievement.


National Statistics state that:

73% of pupils with attendance of 95% or higher achieve at least 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above

Only 35% of pupils with attendance of between 80-90% manage to achieve 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above

Research shows that pupils with 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above earn on average £350,000 more in their lifetime than those without the grades

Excellent attendance at school = 96% and above

Rewards / Incentives

At Nunthorpe Academy we like to celebrate excellent attendance.  We believe that students should be rewarded for improving their attendance and also for achieving good to excellent attendance on a regular basis.

Students will be able to 'cash in' reward points in the reward store on class charts from October 2019.  Students will have the flexibility to use their achievement points for smaller rewards, more frequently or save them up for a greater rewards towards the end of the academic year. Achievement points will reset to zero at the start of every academic year (Sept).

RewardSpendable Points required
1 Black and 1 Green Pen150
1 Eraser and 1 Ruler150
1 Pencil and 1 Pencil Sharpener150
Q Jumper Break250
Q Jumper Break with a friend300
Q Jumper Lunch300
Q Jumper Lunch with a friend350
Colouring Pencils350
Pocket Book450
Nunthorpe Water Bottle500
BIC Pen600
£5 Love 2 Shop Voucher1500
Cinema Voucher (£10)2500

Seasonal Rewards

Short term rewards are great for promoting and improving attendance.  We offer seasonal rewards for example we recently ran an ‘Attendance Advent Calendar’ where each day the highest attended tutor groups were placed in a draw and each student in the winning tutor group received the reward behind the advent calendar door.  The advent calendar is updated daily and available to view online

Valentines Attendance Sweethearts – we ran a prize draw for any student in attendance on a daily basis and the lucky students who were drawn at random received prizes.

Easter Egg-cellence – Prize draws take place for all students with egg-ceptional attendance throughout the Easter period.  Students are drawn at random to receive their reward.

Incentive Schemes

Incentive schemes are used to encourage students to attend more regularly and promote the importance of good school attendance.  We are currently running a ‘boost’ your attendance incentive.  Any student who has moved up a colour in the Attendance Diamond will be rewarded with a Boost Bar.In addition there is a weekly draw where any student that has achieved 100% attendance for the week will be entered into the draw to receive a £5 Love 2 Shop Voucher.

Strategies for Improving your Child’s Attendance

Nunthorpe Academy is committed to working in partnerships with parent to improve attendance and outcomes of all students.

Please see our handy guide with some tips to help you as parents communicate the importance of attendance to your child.

Attendance LeafletDownload

Medical Appointments

Where possible all appointments should be booked outside of school hours. Where this is not possible, the amount of school time missed must be kept to a minimum. School may not authorise the time off school if medical evidence is not provided.

Too ill to attend school?

Children can attend school with minor ailments (tooth ache, headache, stomach ache, cold, sore throat), over the counter medicines can be given before school. School will contact you if they become too ill to remain in school.

If you are unsure how long your child should be absent with an illness speak to your child’s school, your doctor or your pharmacist for advice.

Get your child to school on time every day.

There is link between good school attendance and high level attainment.

Regardless of the reason, if your child is absent from school it will impact on their learning.

Parents/carers are legally responsible for ensuring their child attends school on time every day.

Understanding your Child’s Attendance

We categorise attendance according to the following colour coding:

Be aware of how much learning time is lost with increasing numbers of days absent

Some important facts and figures:

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