Attendance at Leeds East Academy
Soaring to Success
Attendance is the keystone to securing outstanding outcomes for each and every student at Leeds East Academy. Students who demonstrate resilience in attendance benefit from better results and are also rewarded with unique opportunities.
At Leeds East Academy we believe the home-Academy partnership is essential and will help our learners to achieve and succeed.
Research going back many years has consistently told us, not surprisingly, that parents are the most important people in their children’s lives, and that support for their children’s learning and development is crucial.
Let’s work together and ensure our young people achieve and succeed.
Every Day Counts
Your child’s Attendance target is 98% +
Leeds East Academy Attendance Team
Alicia Manners – Assistant Principal - Attendance and Community Transformation
Karen Impey – Attendance Officer (Year 7)
Vicky Burton – Attendance Officer (Year 8)
Dawn Graham – Senior Attendance Officer (Year 9 and 11)
Sarah Bennett – Senior Attendance Officer (Year 10)
The relevant attendance officer will support your child to ensure they are meeting the academy expectation of 97% and they will work together, with your support, to achieve the best possible outcome.
If you have any concerns or updates regarding your child’s attendance please contact the academy on 0113 273 1964 (option 3).
There is an expectation that all parents inform the academy of absence; any absence unexplained will be followed up with a home visit.
Regular attendance at school is vital to help your child achieve and get the best possible start in life. There are 30 days in a 6-week half term. If your child has 1 and a half days off school, their attendance will be 95%. Good attendance is central to students’ academic achievement and personal development.
|GREEN||97.1% - 100%|
|AMBER||95.1% - 97%|
*NB The minimum attendance expected from any student is 97% (Band G3)
|Attendance during one school year||Equals days absent||Which is approximately weeks absent||Which means the number of lessons missed||Absence over five years|
|95%||9 days||2 weeks||50 lessons||¼ year|
|90%||19 days||4 weeks||100 lessons||½ year|
|80%||38 days||8 weeks||200 lessons||1 year|
|70%||57 days||11½ weeks||288 lessons||1¼ years|
|60%||80 days||16 weeks||400 lessons||2 years|
|50%||100 days||20 weeks||500 lessons||2½ year|
Attendance Incentives for 2019/20
By law parents have a duty to educate their children by ensuring regular attendance at school or otherwise.
- In order to facilitate this process, parents with children at Leeds East Academy are expected to:
- inform school by telephone 0113 273 1964 option 1 on the first morning of any absence before 9.30am
- provide a note to cover the absence on the child’s return to school
- ensure that their child gets to school on time
- ensure that their child catches up on missed work to avoid ‘gaps’ in their knowledge.
- not take family holidays during term time (see further guidance below)
- Only the Principal may authorise such absences. Absences without permission from school will be registered as unauthorised (equivalent to truancy).
’Exceptional Circumstances’ include:
- illness of student
- representative event (for example sport, music or school)
- religious observance
- family bereavement (immediate family)
- family crisis
- employer/further education/school interview
- Any other ‘exceptional circumstances’ will be at the discretion of the Principal and a student’s attendance record will be taken into account when deciding whether or not to grant permission for absence.
‘Exceptional Circumstances’ DO NOT include:
- looking after siblings
- birthday or other celebrations
- attendance at local events e.g. Great Yorkshire Show
The Legal Framework
- Under The Education Act 1999, parents are responsible for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive full-time education. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child’s regular attendance at the school where they are registered.
- If a child of compulsory school age who is registered at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, the parent is guilty of an offence under this Act.
- At LEA we firmly believe that all students benefit from regular school attendance. The aim of this guidance is to minimise the amount of time lost due to absence in order to maximise the educational potential of every student. This can be achieved with the support of parents by ensuring absence, including holidays, is not taken during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’*.
- At LEA, in order for an attendance record to be deemed good, it must be 96% or above.