Attendance

At The Stephen Longfellow Academy, we see a very clear relationship between attendance and academic achievement.

We expect students to be in their form room by 9.15am.

What are the benefits of good attendance?

  • Maintaining friendships

  • Developing good habits for adult life

  • Good references for further education and employment

  • Continuous learning from lesson to lesson

  • Better exam results

  • Help and support with coursework

What could happen if your child’s attendance is poor?

If your child’s attendance is not good, you will get a letter raising concerns.

If your child’s attendance lowers, you may have to come to an attendance panel to talk about our concerns. Your child will then be monitored for 4 weeks, and we will expect to see much better attendance in this time.

If your child’s attendance does not improve after this, your case could be passed on to the authorities for possible prosecution.

What is the attendance process?

  • If your child is absent, you must phone the academy before 9.30am.

  • If you don’t do this, you will receive a phone call from our attendance officer.

  • After an absence, your child must bring in a note from you to explain the reason for the absence. This must not be a note in the planner.

  • Students must catch up on work they have missed whilst absent.

  • You may be visited at home to see if any support is needed.

If you have any questions about attendance, please contact the school on 0113 468 5999, and ask to speak to Mr Blaymire.