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Absence & Attendance

When a child is absent from school, the school must be informed of the reason on the first day of absence by 9.30am. This can be done either by telephone, a note, a text, email or in person.

Leave of Absence in Term Time

Absence during term time as a result of holiday/leave of absence interrupts continuity of teaching and learning and disrupts the educational progress of individual children. Bradford Children’s Services aims to minimise the amount of time lost to term time holiday/leave of absence through a policy which actively discourages parents from arranging family holidays, trip abroad etc during term-time and supports schools to authorise absence for such leave ONLY in exceptional circumstances.

The Governors at Ley Top Primary School have made the decision, following official guidance, not to authorise holiday absence during term time. If a holiday is taken, the school’s Attendance Policy makes it clear that a Penalty Notice may be issued.

A penalty notice may be made if 6 or more sessions of unauthorised absence has occurred in a 6 week period in relation to poor attendance, or if 6 session or more of unauthorised leave has been taken. 

The Penalty Notice is for £60 per parent, per child if paid within 21 days and £120 per parent, per child if paid after this date but within 28 days. The Penalty Notice will be issued by Bradford Children’s Services not the school.

Children may lose their place at school if they fail to return after 20 days of absence.

For further information please follow the link to Bradford Children’s Services leave of absence in term timehttps://bso.bradford.gov.uk/userfiles/file/Behaviour%20and%20Attendance/Bradford%20Penalty%20Notice%20Code%20of%20Conduct%20FINAL%2021Feb22.pdf

Attendance Process

  • If your child is absent from school, you must telephone the office on 01274 541554 on the 1st day of absence before 9.30am and provide a reason.
  • 1st day call out – If your child is absent and school have not been notified you will receive a telephone call. If parent/carer is not available to speak with, a message will be left for you to ring school and a school text sent. You will then receive a text message and a home visit will be arranged.
  • If your child’s attendance drops below 94% letters will be issued.

Actions Taken

  • 1st day call out
  • Home visit
  • Letter A – Concern letter issued (attendance below 94% but above 90%) – school concerned re numerous absences
  • Letter B – Monitoring letter issued (attendance below 90%) school to monitor attendance for a 4 week period
  • Letter C – Attendance meeting letter issued (monitoring period – if no improvement in your child’s attendance parent/carer will be invited into school for an Attendance Meeting to discuss reasons for non-attendance and an action plan will be agreed)
  • Letter D – Action plan letter (agreed actions to be taken, monitor attendance again for 4 week period)
  • Letter E – Referral to BCL (Attendance Officers) letter (if still no improvement in your child’s attendance a referral will be made to BSL who will then contract parent/carer. This could result in a penalty notice fine of £60 per parent, per child.

Attendance Rewards

Attend school every day and have a chance of winning a prize!

Every half term children with 100% attendance will go into the Grand Prize Draw to win:
1st Prize £30 voucher
2nd Prize £20 voucher
3rd Prize £10 voucher
100% attendance certificates

Attendance during one school year Equals days absent Approximate weeks absent
95% 9 days 2 weeks
90% 20 days 4 weeks
85% 29 days 5 ½ weeks
80% 40 days 8 weeks
70% 57 days 11 ½ weeks
60% 80 days 16 weeks
50% 100 days

20 weeks