The Totteridge Academy Attendance Expectations

At The Totteridge Academy we give the achievement of good attendance and punctuality high priority. Students who do not attend school cannot take advantage of educational opportunities and rarely achieve their potential.  We expect every student to achieve 100% attendance during an academic year.

Every child has a right to access the education to which they are entitled.  Parents and teachers share the responsibility for ensuring that attendance rates at The Totteridge Academy are maximized and that rates of unjustified and unauthorised absenteeism are kept to minimum.

Absence Through Illness/Unforeseen Circumstances

All parents are expected to inform the Academy each day their child is absent before 9am.

Attendance and the Law

As a parent, you have a legal responsibility to make sure that your child gets a full time education between the ages of 5 and 16.

  • You can be fined upto £2500 or imprisoned if your child hs a poor attendance record.
  • You could be given a Parenting Order, which means you will have to attend a parenting class.
  • You may be issued with a Penalty Notice of £60.
  • If your child does not attend regulary, an Attendance Offcier may visit you to discuss the problem, we are here to help you.
  • Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time.

Did You Know

  • 90% attendance means the equivalent of missing 4 whole weeks on one school year.
  • Over 5 years this is equivalent of missing HALF a school year.
  • Missing just 17 days in one year can mean dropping a full grade at GCSE.
  • 5 or more GCSE passes can increase wages by 42%.
  • 75% of pupils with 95% attendance or more achieve 5 or more 9 -5 grades at GCSE.
  • Schools are open 195 days a year that leaves 170 other dates for leisure time.
  • A child on holiday for 2 weeks during term time will miss 50 one hour lessons. Some never catch up.


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Attendance Guidance for Parents/Carers

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At The Totteridge Academy excellent attendance and punctuality is our aim for every student. Full attendance maximises learning opportunities and parents/carers have a vital role in promoting good attitudes in attendance. Evidence shows that students who attend school regularly make better progress both academically and socially. We ask for support from you to ensure that;

  • Your children are present at every opportunity
  • Your children arrive on time
  • Avoid allowing your children to stay at home unnecessarily
  • Avoid taking your children out of school without authorisation

We monitor attendance closely and will follow up unexplained absence by telephone and by letter. The Department for Education’s threshold at which a student is defined as ‘persistently absent’ is 90%. Where an attendance record reaches a concerning level, we will contact you to discuss ways in which the school can support.

The school attendance target of 96% is the minimum that we expect for all students.  Every lesson counts and it is this commitment to learning that will have a positive impact on attainment and progress and as a result every student should strive to achieve 100% attendance.

Reporting Absence

What to do if your child is ill:

It is very rare that an illness is so severe that a child needs to be absent from school and we would encourage you to send your child to school whenever possible. However, if your child is too ill to attend school, you should contact the Attendance Officer as soon as possible on 02084459205.

Please give your child’s name and year group and the reason for their absence. You must contact school each day that your child is absent so we can ensure we have accurate records.

What to do if your child has an appointment:

We ask that, where possible, you make routine medical and other appointments out of school time. If this is not possible, we require notification in advance. Please telephone, email or provide a note from home or appointment letter/card to confirm the appointment. In most cases, your child should attend school before the appointment and return to school afterwards. Students should bring a note from home to student services when it is time for them to sign out and sign back in on their return.

Automated calls/messages to parents/carers:

We take our safeguarding responsibility seriously. If the Attendance Officer has received no reason for absence and a student is absent from Period 1 (9.05 am – 9.55 am) calls are made daily to the contact numbers of parents/carers.  Calls are made on a daily basis, even where your child has been absent due to illness on previous days. We cannot assume that your child is still ill unless you have notified us. We would not wish to put your child at risk by failing to contact you. Please ensure your child realises the importance of attending school on time and getting their attendance marks in all lessons. Please help by ensuring that we hold up to date contact details for you so we are able to call.


All students are expected to arrive to school on time and be ready and punctual to lessons. This is a minimum expectation.  Students should arrive for 8.35am as registration begins promptly at 8.40am. Students who arrive after 8.40am are considered to be late to school and will be placed in lunchtime punctuality detention (15 minutes). Failure to attend the lunchtime consequence will result in a 1 hour detention on the same day. We would ask that you ensure that your child arrives to school on time.

Leave of absence

Absence will not be authorised for reasons such as shopping for uniform, birthdays, day trips, etc. Absences such as these may result in the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice.

If parents/carers wish their child(ren) to be absent for other reasons, such as compassionate leave, special family events, or to participate in sporting or musical competitions  application should be made in writing in advance and doing a special leave of absence form. The absence forms can be collected from reception. 

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