Attendance and Punctuality

It is vital we work to teach our students the value of attending the Academy at 8.40am each day. We do understand that on some occasions children may be ill and unable to attend the Academy. 

Please make sure you call us on 01604 210040 or 01604 210043 to report the absence and follow this up with a note or letter explaining the reason for absence.

Attendance Matters

Simply put – if you do not attend the Academy you will not achieve. We want all students to achieve high levels of attendance and give themselves the very best chance in life.

There are 175 non-school days per year for holidays, shopping and appointments. There is no need, except in extreme circumstances to miss a day’s education. If you miss one session in a week (remember, there are two sessions per day) your attendance is 90%. This may look impressive but it means you miss 19 days of education in a year and risk dropping one grade in your GCSEs. 

We take absence very seriously. We target intervention with students whose attendance falls below the Academy target of 95% or better. We use “truancy call” which is an automated message system that will keep ringing parents to request explanations for absence. If a response is not received letters are sent home to resolve reasons for absence and reduce likelihood of future absence. This has had a positive effect on attendance patterns.

Absence to be granted only under exceptional circumstances

From September 2013, schools may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. Therefore the Principal can no longer authorise holidays or extended leave. If five or more consecutive day’s unauthorised leave is taken you will be referred to the Local Authority for prosecution.

This is the result of amendments that have been made to the 2006 pupil registration regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which came into force on 1st September 2013. The 2013 amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of 5 school days.

In addition from September 2013 Northampton Academy will be pursuing penalty notices with parent(s)/guardian(s) where a pupils’ school attendance is at an unacceptable level. This is in line with amendments that have been made to the 2007 penalty notices regulations in the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments came force on 1st September 2013. Furthermore, if the absence is not authorised then the pupil may be deleted from the roll after 20 school days. In such an event the parent/guardian(s) would have to reapply for a place at the Academy.

Medical Appointments

Medical appointments should be made outside of normal school hours. The Academy must be notified of any medical appointments taking place during school hours. Proof of the appointment must be shown to attendance prior to the appointment, this can be in the form of a medical appointment card, appointment letter or text from the medical surgery at which the appointment will take place.


It is vital we work to teach our students the value of attending the Academy at 8.40am each day. 

We reward students who attend punctually. During the summer half term we will be recognising students who have good or significantly improved attendance.

All students must be in school before the main gate closes at 8.40am. After this time students are marked as late.

Our teachers are working more closely in lessons with all students to make clear the message that attending punctually will mean higher levels of attainment.

Late arrival will result in a same day break time detention. Failure to attend this detention will result in a 30 minute detention at the end of the school day. Parents’/carers’ will be informed if a student receives and end of day detention.

Arriving just 5 minutes late every day equals 3 days of education over the whole year. Arriving half an hour late every day is equivalent to 18 days absence. No employer would tolerate this.


Our full attendance policy can be viewed here.

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