At Towngate Primary Academy, we prioritise our work to liaise closely with parents and carers to achieve and maintain high standards of attendance. For a child to reach their full educational potential,  coming to school every day is essential.

We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our children in an environment where all pupils feel welcome and valued. Every child has a right to access the education to which they are entitled.

It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. We use every opportunity to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance. For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered, it is vital our children arrive at school on time, every day the school is open – unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff and future aspirations depend on good attendance.

As set by the Department for Education, schools are only able to authorise absence from school in exceptional circumstances. When requesting an authorised absence from school you will need to explain why the circumstances are exceptional.

Please note there is no general right to authorise absence for a family holiday and if you take your child out of school without permission the absence will be unauthorised and a Penalty Notice may be considered.

Explanation of Annual Percentage (%) Attendance

Attendance Days Missed Over a Year
100% 00 DAYS
95% 10 DAYS
90% 20 DAYS
85% 30 DAYS
80% 40 DAYS

If your child’s attendance is under 95%, they are missing at least two weeks of learning time a year. If their attendance is at 90%, they are missing four weeks. This will significantly affect their work and reduce their attainment.


The responsibilities in relation to attendance are as follows:-

  • Set high expectations for pupil attendance, and monitor individual and whole school attendance on a daily and weekly basis,
  • Identify causes of concern with regard to pupil attendance.
  • Conduct first day response where there is unexplained absence.
  • Invite parents/carers into school to discuss pupil attendance which is a cause of concern.
  • Work with parents of individual pupils to try to improve attendance and punctuality.
  • Work in partnership with Wakefield Authority and the Education Welfare Service and the Inspire Partnership MAT.
  • Maintain electronic registration data systems effectively and deploy them robustly to facilitate presentation reports.
  • To provide attendance data for parents.
  • Promote attendance at all levels.
  • Celebrate excellent and improved attendance.

*Please note school does not authorise holidays during term time. 

  • To ensure pupils arrive at school on time everyday and that routines are in place at home to support this.
  • To contact school by 8.35am on each day of absence if the absence is unavoidable.
  • To obtain evidence where possible to support medical absence.
  • To avoid term time holidays, and attempt to minimise school time appointments.
  • To arrive at school, on time everyday with correct equipment and ready to learn.
  • Comply with school regulations regarding attendance and punctuality.
  • Discuss any concerns they may have with staff regarding attendance and punctuality.
Education Welfare Service
  • The Education Welfare Service will work in partnership to promote and facilitate improved attendance, at an individual level, by supporting the Fast Track to Attendance Programme; and at a whole school level using proactive strategies and action plans.
  • The Education Welfare Service will work with children and families to ensure their school attendance and safeguarding is maintained.
  • The Education Welfare Service will provide guidance with regards to Children Missing Education.
  • The Education Welfare Service will work in partnership with other agencies and will offer advice and signposting for referrals to appropriate organisations.
  • The Education Welfare Service will undertake legal action on behalf of the school.
  • Wakefield Local Authority will support the school with networking and training events and with individual School Audits and Action Plans.

Attendance Matters

Good attendance is perhaps the most important factor in successful learning. Towngate Primary Academy recognises that there is a clear link between student attendance and achievement, and that students with good attendance have the best chance of being successful. At Towngate Primary Academy, students are encouraged to have 100% attendance, and aim for a minimum of 97% over the Academic year.

Parents are requested not to arrange family holidays or visits during term time. Applications for such visits will not be approved and will count as unauthorised absence, which could lead to a penalty notice being issued.

Punctuality is essential if your child is going to make the most of their learning. If your child is absent then you must telephone the Academy office by 8.35 am each day your child is absent.

Classroom doors close at 9.00am sharp, after this time your child will need to be signed in at main reception and will receive a late mark. If your child arrives after 9.10am your child will received a U mark, this means that your child arrived after registers closed and therefore is an unauthorised absence mark. In line with Towngate Academy’s Attendance Policy any child that receives 10 late marks within the academic year, any further late marks will be recorded as U (unauthorised absence) and could result in a penalty notice.

If you have any questions or require further support please feel free to contact us here at the academy or on 01924 302865.

Class Attendance- Year to Date
Nursery 96.14%
F2 95.06%
Class 1 94.56%
Class 2 96.49%
Class 3 96.04%
Class 4A 94.95%
Class 4B 95.44%
Class 5 91.52%
class 5/6 93.71%
Class 6 94.81%
Whole School 94.75%