At Archbishop Holgate’s School we take pride in our excellent attendance. We work very hard with our students and parents to strive for the very best attendance and punctuality for every student.   Attendance is at the heart of great progress, developing social skills and friendships.

Those students with higher attendance and punctuality achieve more academically and socially than those with poor attendance.

Our expectation is that every student has any ‘avoidable absences’ this normally would mean an attendance rate of at least 95% attendance. Students with 90% or below are classified by the Government as a ‘persistent absentee’. Parents take the risk of being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice from City of York Council for poor attendance.

We ask that all parents/guardians support their child and the school by:

  • Sending their child to school every day unless they are too ill to attend.
  • Ensuring their child arrives at school before 8:45am, fully prepared and equipped for school.
  • Avoid medical appointments in school time, but if an appointment is unavoidable the student should attend school prior to the appointment (if possible) and be brought back to school after their appointment.
  • Contacting Head of Year or Pastoral Support Worker if there are any issues preventing attendance.

Reporting Absences:

Report every absence to school via ether:

If an absence is not reported and is unexplained, parents/guardians will be contacted, as it is our duty to Safeguard. We ask that parents/guardians keep school up to date with changes to contact details.


Please do not take holidays during term time. Any request from parents will be recorded as unauthorised unless in exceptional circumstances, and parents take the risk of being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice from City of York Council.

Absence is not accepted for; Birthdays, Holidays, Shopping or Treats.


Arriving on time for the start of the school day and to all lessons is vital. If a student arrives 5 minutes late each day, they can miss 3 days of learning each academic year (as shown below).

It is important to remember that every day key information and notices are given out each morning during registration, students who miss these, struggle for the rest of the day.

If a student arrives to school after registration they must sign in at reception.

If a student is late to school without a ‘good’ reason they will receive an automatic lunchtime detention.  If this persists a parental meeting will be held to address the issue.

Is my child too ill for school

The following websites are useful in helping to decide if your child should attend school due to illness:

Further information