We are very proud of our attendance at Archbishop Holgate’s School. We work very hard with our students and parents in ensuring that we have good attendance and punctuality, because this is at the heart of good progress, developing social skills and friendships. Students who are good attenders succeed far better than those whose attendance is poor. The expectation by our school is that every student strives to obtain above 95% attendance. Students with 90% attendance have missed 3 weeks and 4 days of learning in an academic year.

To help improve attendance students should:

  • 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.
  • Avoid taking holidays in the school term time. Any request from parents will be unauthorised unless in exceptional circumstance and parents take the risk of being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

If a student is going to be absent parents should inform school every day for the duration of the absence. Parents must send a letter explaining the reasons for the absence when the student returns to school.

Absence is not accepted for:

  • Birthdays
  • Holidays
  • Shopping
  • Treats

Being on time is vital for the start of the school day and to all lessons. If a student is 5 minutes late each day then they can miss 3 days of learning each year. If they are 15 minutes late every day they can miss 2 weeks of learning each year. Vital information and notices are given out each morning during registration, students who miss these struggle for the rest of the day.

We work very hard to support students, and their parents, who are struggling with attendance. You might find some useful advice and support from the website links below or if you need to speak to someone in school, please contact Mrs G Stainsby by phoning 01904 411341.