Attendance and Absence

At Outwood Primary Academy Bell Lane 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 97% 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.

The biggest barrier to achieving our target is holidays taken during term time.

Any lateness or absences can have a negative impact on your child’s progress.

We ask that holidays are only booked during the academy holiday periods.

The academy does not authorise term time absences and adheres to government guidelines with regard to fining and rigorously applies these.

Lateness = Lost Learning

Minutes late each day = Learning lost each year

5 minutes late = 3 days lost

10 minutes late = 6 ½ days lost
15 minutes late = 10 days lost
20 minutes late = 13 days lost
30 minutes late = 19 days lost

Awards and small prizes are given termly and for the whole year for all children achieving 100% attendance.

Unfortunately we are only able to award children who have no absences at all during a given period. This excludes children with unauthorised and authorised absences. Authorised absences cover a range of things such as medical appointments, illness and visits to new schools.

We also award a half-termly prize to the class with the best attendance as part of our commitment to acknowledging the value the academy places on good attendance.

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 on 01977 613304 by 9:15 on the day of absence.

Please give your child’s name, class, 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.


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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