North Shore Academy

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred

Attendance & Punctuality

North Shore Academy holds an expectation that every child attends every day

If your child is unable to attend you must ring the Academy office (01642 612381) as early as possible on the first day of absence and every absent day following this. If no call or message is received expect to be contacted by the attendance team by a phone call or home visit. If you have any documentation supporting your child's absence, such as appointment cards/prescriptions please provide these to the Academy to allow your child's absence to be authorised.

The Academy cannot authorise absence for days away shopping or looking after family. Parents are requested not to arrange family holidays during term time, as the Government no longer allows us to authorise absence for this purpose.

There's a clear link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement. Poor attendance can disrupt a student's learning and that of other student's. It has a damaging effect on a student's education and most of the work missed while a student is off school is never made up. Students who attend school regularly are likely to leave with more qualifications and increased access to employment opportunities than students with persistent absence.

We take absence seriously and will identify any students whose attendance falls below the minimum target of 95%.

  • Please don't let your child miss out on the education they deserve.
  • Every school day counts.

It is vital that you work with us when your child is near the 10% persistent absence threshold to prevent emerging patterns of absence occurring. We want all students to achieve high levels of attendance and give themselves the very best life chances and choices.

  • 90% of students with an attendance rate of below 85% fail to get five or more good GCSE grades.
  • One in three students achieve no GCSEs at all.


Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management. Prospective employers always want a report on punctuality at the Academy. Your child should bring a note explaining the reason for late arrival and report to reception. If your child is twenty minutes late daily, that is the equivalent of 72 hours of learning missed across the school year that can never be replaced.