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School  »  Safeguarding  »  Attendance  »  Improving Attendance

Attendance matters and missed time in school can impact on a pupil’s overall achievement and social development. The school tracks and monitors attendance rigorously.

The following procedures take place at Whitkirk Primary School, when there is an attendance concern:

  • Any pupil who has less than 95% attendance may receive a letter of concern offering support.
  • A pupil who has less than 92% attendance will be invited to a family meeting to set targets and offer support, if required.
  • Government legislation states that any pupil who achieves less than 90% attendance will be recorded as a ‘persistent absentee’ from school. This means that the child/family will be referred to the cluster attendance team and may result in a fine and court proceedings.
  • If you have a period of unauthorised absence during term time, such as an unauthorised holiday, families may be subject to sanctions including a penalty notice which at present is £120 per child per adult. This is reduced to £60 per child per parent if paid within 28 days. Therefore, if a family of 2 children take unauthorised leave during term time, the fine will be £240 for the Mother and £240 for the Father, reduced to £120 each if paid within 28 days.
Click here for the letter sent to families regarding these procedures.
Click here for penalty notice information from Leeds City Council.