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Attendance and Punctuality

The Staff and Governors of The William Gladstone Academy believe that regular school attendance is essential if children are to achieve their full potential.

We believe that regular school attendance is the key to enabling children to maximise the educational opportunities available to them and become emotionally resilient, confident and competent adults who are able to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community.

We will work with families to identify the reasons for poor attendance and try to resolve any difficulties.

If a reasonable explanation cannot be given for a child’s absence, it will be recorded as unauthorised absence. Reasonable explanations includes: -

  1. Medical, sickness, dental reasons
  2. Receiving part-time/temporary education at an off unit site
  3. Educational visit (i.e. with the school)
  4. Leave of absence due to exceptional circumstances granted by the Headteacher
  5. Excluded for fixed, indefinite or permanent period from school.

Any child who arrives late at school after the registers have been closed will be recorded as unauthorised absence (with the exception of the explanations above).

Please inform us as soon as possible if you wish your child to leave early for a medical appointment or family emergency. We would expect him/her to be collected from school in these circumstances.

Leave of Absence

As of September 2013, new government regulations state that the Headteacher can only grant a term time leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances.


The Department for Education has not defined what would be considered as ‘exceptional’ and it would be difficult to do so clearly, except to say that it would more likely be a one-off, unique situation. We will follow current guidance from the Department for Education on granting a leave of absence in exceptional circumstances and the headteacher may ask for evidence to support any request.

Unless permission is given by the headteacher in advance of a holiday in term time being taken, the absence will be unauthorised. The Academy can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice where a child is absent from school due to unauthorised absence period of 6 sessions or above in a six week period, (or if there is persistent lateness to school) therefore all requests for leave must be made at least 7 days in advance using the appropriate form available from the office. The attendance officer will confirm when a request has been authorised.

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