Absence Procedures

If your child is absent from school please call before the Academy’s 24 hour pupil absence line on

0161 688 3900 and choose option 1.

Absences should be reported before 8.00 a.m.

Research shows there is a link between the amount of time a student takes off school, and how well they do in their exams. We have a very high attendance target of 96% for our students.

The start of the Academy day

  • All students should arrive on the academy site by 8.30am.
  • Arrival between 8.35am and 9.30am will be marked as late.
  • Arrival after 9.30am will be marked as Unauthorised Late; this is when the academy closes its register.
  • All students arriving late will receive a 60-minute detention at the end of the Academy day. Text messages will be sent out informing parents/carers of their child’s lateness.


  • Should your child be too ill to attend the academy, please contact us on the first day of absence before 8.00am on 0161 688 3945. Please keep us informed of your child’s progress on a daily basis.
  • We may request evidence of illness or appointments in order to authorise any absences. This can include the Academy medical card (download and print your own) completed and stamped by your GP, or a letter from your GP/medical centre. If we do not receive evidence, the absence will not be authorised.
  • If a child is absent and we do not hear from you, we will contact you to ensure your child is safe by phone call or by text. In some circumstances we will make home visits from the first day of absence. Home visits will be made on third day of all absences.


We embrace and celebrate all faiths and cultures. Wherever possible we will try and accommodate all religious celebrations.  However, as with all leave of absence requests, these must be applied for in advance to the Headteacher. As with all unauthorised absences, these occasions may result in legal action.

Holiday leave in term time

There are 70 days of holidays each academic year and we expect all parents and carers to take their family holidays whilst the academy is closed.

Any parent wanting to take their child on a leave of absence from the academy should inform the Headteacher in writing. The application will be looked at on an individual basis and you will be informed by letter of the outcome.

However, it is highly unusual to grant a leave of absence during term time. If parents take their children out of the Academy without making a request, or if parents still take their child out of the Academy after a request has been denied, the absence will be marked as unauthorised.

We are legally required to inform Oldham Local Authority about any and all unauthorised absences. A Penalty Notice Fine may be then be issued by Oldham Local Authority, or in more serious cases prosecution proceedings can take place.

Persistent absence

The academy works with students and their parents/carers when we have a concern over attendance. Persistent absence is when:

  • a student has below 91% attendance
  • a student has 3 days absence or 6 sessions (half days) in a 30 day period

Where we have concerns about your child’s attendance, you will be asked to attend a meeting with the Attendance Manager, Pastoral Leader, Assistant Headteacher or Governors Attendance Panel.

We are legally required to inform Oldham Local Authority about any and all unauthorised absences. Penalty Notice Warnings are issued to parents/carers after 10 sessions of unauthorised absence

For more information please read our Attendance & Punctuality Policy