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From 6th January our school office team will be working from home. You can still contact us via the telephone 01977 802322 or email



Attendance & Behaviour

 'Inspire self- belief, instil moral values and ignite a love of life-long learning' 

At Ackton Pastures Primary Academy we work closely with parents and carers to achieve and maintain high standards of attendance. For a child to reach their full educational achievement 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 he/she is 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 a child is 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 down 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 grades.        



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. Please download a holiday request form below if you need to request leave of absence during term time. 


To ensure pupils arrive at school on time every day and that routines are in place at home to support this. To contact school by 8.30 am 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 every day 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. 


The Education Welfare Service will work in partnership to promote and facilitate improved attendance, at an individual level, by supporting the Fastrack 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.

Hello, I’m Miss Dennison the Attendance and Behaviour officer here at Ackton Pastures Primary Academy.

 Good attendance is perhaps the most important factor in successful learning. Ackton Pastures 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 Ackton Pastures 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. If you wish to request a leave of absence during term time, please do this in writing and submit it to Mrs Kershaw, our Head teacher, to consider.


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 8.30 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 9.15am 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 Ackton Pastures 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.


 Mrs Kershaw (Head teacher) and I are always around the school on a morning if you would like to discuss any of this information further. 


If you have any questions or require further support please feel free to contact me here at the academy or on 01977 802322.


Class                                                    Attendance – September to Date

Nursery                                                           89.75%

RC                                                                   93.78%

RL                                                                   94.63%

1S                                                                    95.40%

1/2V                                                                95.74%

2W                                                                  95.82%

3J                                                                    94.95%

3/4H                                                                93.86%

4L                                                                    94.60%

5S                                                                    95.73%

5/6W                                                               97.15%

6L                                                                    97.84%

Whole School                                                 95.42%                                                                                                                                                 

 Our Whole Schools Attendance target is 97%.

Here at Ackton Pastures we believe this is achievable, with a little hard work and dedication

W/C 6.1.20 - Welcome back everyone, lets set our sights on attaining 100% attendance for each and everyone of our children!

W/C 13.1.20 - A slight increase in last weeks attendance, we can do it!

W/C 20.1.20 - We have a few children off with illnesses this week, keep wrapped up and try are best ot get into school.

W/C 27.1.20 - We have quite a few children off with a sickness bug, please encourage your children to wash their hands regularly

W/C 10.2.20 Lets hope that the Sickness bug currently in school runs out of steam over the holidays, we look forward to full attendance on the first week back. Enjoys the holiday!

 W/C 9.3.20 - It is a legal responsibility of parents to inform school if your child is not attending for any reason. Please can you make sure you contact school before 9AM. Please also contact school everyday of your childs absence to update us. Thank you.

W/C 5th October - our attendance is currently at 94% so well done to alll the children who have managed to make it into school without coughs and colds. Please refer to the Government guildlines if your child is ill and let's get the attendance figure rising!

W/C 12th October - Attendance as a whole is improving, we are now up to 95.02% since the start of term, not long to go now for a break, keep up the good work!


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