Springwell Academy Leeds

Attendance

We expect all students to attend the Academy every day.


If your child is ill:

Please contact the school by 08:45 on the first day of the child’s absence and telephone every day thereafter, until your child returns to school.

When a student does not attend school we will respond in the following manner:

On the first day of absence, if we have not heard from the parent / carer by 09.30 the school will ring the child’s parent / carer.  We may follow this with a home-visit if we are not able to make contact with you by telephone.

If by the end of the second day, there has still been no contact made we will ask our Education Welfare Officer / Parent Support Officer to carry out a home visit to discuss your child’s absence. Failure to comply with the expectations set out by the Education Welfare Service may result in further action, up to and including court action.


Punctuality:

Students must arrive by 08.45 each morning.  Springwell Leeds has high expectations for regular attendance and punctuality. Parental support in the matter of attendance and punctuality is essential to success.

Where absence is unavoidable, parents or carers are required to telephone the school on the first day of absence giving the child’s name, class and reason, along with the anticipated duration of absence.

The Attendance Officer can be contacted on the school number (click here for individual site contact details).

Appointments for medical or dental treatment should, whenever possible, be outside normal school hours. If this is impossible the school should be notified well in advance by telephone or written note.

Attendance monitoring will be carried out by the administration team, the form tutor and the Education Welfare officer who will telephone parents / carers of absent pupils for whom we have not received notification of absence. The Governors are obliged by law to publish attendance and truancy figure for the school.

Our Education Welfare Officer may be requested to visit if there are attendance issues concerning your child.  Springwell Leeds Academy has a Parent Support Officer dedicated to working with parents and pupils to ensure the best outcomes for all.

If students arrive at school after the close of the register, a late mark will be recorded.

If a child arrives after 09.30, it will be recorded as a late absence. Where a child is persistently late we consider this cause for concern and will ask to meet with parents to discuss a suitable way forward and/or notify the Educational Welfare Service.


Parental Holidays During Term Time:

Amendments to the Education Regulations (2013) make it clear that schools are no longer allowed to authorise any requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time. Any unnecessary absence should be avoided as it is bound to affect a child’s educational progress and attainment.

A leave of absence can only be granted in exceptional circumstances applied for prior to the absence. The following conditions will apply:-

• Parents / Carers are restricted in terms of leave from their employer.
• The nature of the trip.

In regard to the above, should the absence be due to employer restrictions then a signed letter from the employer should accompany the request for leave, setting out the prevailing circumstances.

Parent / carers who wish to take their child out of school during term time, must apply in advance and should do so by completing the relevant form, which is available from the Administration Office.