Attendance and Absence

Raise your child’s attendance – Raise their chances

At Outwood Primary Academy Lofthouse Gate 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 or by letter. Where a student’s attendance record reaches a concerning level, we will contact you to discuss ways in which the Academy can support you and your child.

Our Academy attendance target of 95% 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.

Reporting Absence

What to do if your child is ill:

If your child is too ill to attend the Academy, parents/carers should contact the Academy Attendance Office as soon as possible:

  • by telephone on 01924 821160, Option 1. The telephone system allows callers to leave a message 24 hours a day.
  • by email on admin@lofthousegate.outwood.com

Please give your child’s name, year group, the reason for the absence, and how long you expect the absence to last.

We ask that you contact us each day that your child is absent.

What to do if your child has an appointment:

We ask that you make routine medical and other appointments out of school time, where possible. If this is not possible, we require notification in advance. Please telephone, email or provide a note from home or appointment letter/card to confirm the appointment.

In most cases, your child should attend the Academy before the appointment and return to the Academy afterwards wherever possible.

Punctuality

All children are expected to arrive on time at the Academy, ready for lessons. Children should arrive for 8.50 am. Children are expected to be at their first lesson by 8.55 am ready to start learning. Registers close at 9.00am in the morning and gates to the Academy will close at 8.55 am. After that, access to the Academy is by the main entrance. After 9.00 am children will be marked as late, after 9.15 children will be marked as an unauthorised absence unless a satisfactory explanation has been received. For the afternoon session registers close at 1.15pm.

We would be grateful for your support in ensuring that your child arrives on time.

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