Is Your Child Missing Out?
Focus on Attendance and Punctuality

Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. At Ark Burlington Danes Academy we wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends the Academy every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties but we are also committed to improving attendance levels at the Academy.

The target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 97% attendance. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below:


Your child will be informed of their Attendance Group by their form tutor. Ark Burlington Danes Academy are monitoring students closely whose attendance is falling and will contact you if your child’s attendance does not improve. As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your child attends the Academy regularly and punctually, even if they are missing the Academy without your knowledge. It is important that parents/carers monitor single day’s absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.

At Burlington Danes Academy we reward pupils who attend the Academy each day and whose attendance is improving. Students are also rewarded for good punctuality. Rewards include:

  • An attendance lottery each week for 100% attendance
  • An attendance lottery each half term in our achievement assemblies.
  • Certificates awarded to student in their Director of Learning assemblies.
  • Pizza parties for the tutor set with the best attendance.

If you are concerned about this new ‘Focus on Attendance’, there are important steps that you can take:

  • Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Lesson time begins at 8.30am and students should be in the building by 8.25am. Students arriving after 9am may be marked absent and will require an explanatory note or the absence will remain un-authorised.
  • Ensure the Academy has up-to-date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the Academy. This ensures that the absence is quickly identified.
  • If your child is ill, contact the Academy on the first day of absence and provide an explanatory note on their return to the Academy. Alternatively, you can use the slips in back of the student planner.
  • If you wish to check that your child has arrived at the Academy contact the Academy Attendance Officer, Carla O’Donoghue. She will inform you if your child has been registered.
  • If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as un-authorised. Ultimately the Academy is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will be asked to provide medical certificates if your child has a poor attendance record.
  • Ensure that medical appointments are made outside of the Academy time.
  • Avoid trivial absences such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.
  • Holidays should not be taken in the Academy time. Any Leave of Absence can only be agreed by the Principal and only agreed where there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Respond to letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.
  • Contact your child’s form tutor if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into the Academy.



Fines can be issued when the attendance of a child does not improve. When the school feels that meetings and contact with parents has not helped to improve the attendance of a child or if parents/carers are not engaging to help improve the attendance of their child we will refer the case to the Local authority and seek a penalty notice.

It is a criminal offence under Section 444 of the 1996 Education Act to fail to secure regular attendance of a registered pupil at the academy.  On conviction, the magistrates’ court may impose a fine of up to £2,500 or imprisonment for up to 3 months, or both.  In addition, you would obtain a criminal record.

  • A penalty notice may be considered in the following circumstances:
  • Cases of overt truancy
  • Cases of parentally condoned absence
  • Instance where parents take children out of school for leave in the term time without the permission of the Principal.
  • Instances of excessive delayed return from leave in term-time.
  • Persistent lateness.

Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Burlington Danes Academy.