There is strong evidence to show the link between high attendance and high achievement and so, as part of our wish to support all students in achieving their potential, we expect that every student should aim for 100% attendance.

By law, there are 190 days in a school year which equates to 950 lessons at The Birley Academy. This leaves 175 days for holidays. The potential effect of any absence is illustrated below:

Over a single year:

If a student’s attendance is… They will miss… Which is…
95% 9 ½ days 47 ½ lessons
90% 19 days 95 lessons
85% 28.5 days 142 lessons
80% 38 days 190 lessons
75% 47.5 days 237 lessons
65% 66.5 days 332 ½ lessons


Through their 5 years of secondary education

If a student’s attendance is... ...they will miss this many days... ...which is this many lessons
95% 47½ 237
90% 95 475
85% 142½ 712
80% 190 950
75% 237½ 1187

Absence through illness

Where a child is to be absent from school through illness we ask that parents/carers contact the academy on 0114 2392531 before 9am as this allows all details to be correct and up to date. This should be repeated on any subsequent days of absence through illness (and to ensure that your child is not believed to be missing).

Medical/dental appointments

We ask that, wherever possible, medical/dental appointments be made outside of the normal school day. Where this is truly unavoidable the appointment card (or letter from parent/carer) should be shown at reception when returning to the academy. Reception will then inform the Attendance Officer.

Leave of absence and holidays

Holidays in term time are not allowed, thus any absence due to holidays will be unauthorised. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 and the accompanying guidance make it clear parents/carers do not have a legal right to take children out of school for holidays in term time.

In exceptional circumstances parents/carers may make a request for special consideration of leave of absence by writing directly to the Head Teacher at the school but should not assume that permission will be granted. In each case, the school will reply in writing stating whether or not permission has been granted. Parents are advised to ensure that they have received written permission from the academy before booking travel arrangements.

All unauthorised absences

Where a student is absent from school without authorisation (including all of the above) the school will investigate further via our Engagement and Family Support Leader and MAST (Multi-Agency Support Team) and, where it is shown that unauthorised leave of absence or holiday has been taken, parents/carers may be subject to a penalty notice of £60 per parent/carer per child in the first instance.

Your support

Please support us in helping your child to achieve their potential by ensuring your child attends the academy every day and avoiding absences for minor illnesses and ailments and other reasons.

Ensure your child arrives on time. The academy day begins at 8.35am and all students are expected to be on-site by 8.30am.

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