North Shore Academy

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred

Attendance & Punctuality

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

If you are unable to attend your parents/carers 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 your parents/carers will be contacted by the attendance team by a phone call or home visit. If you have any documentation supporting your absence, such as appointment cards/prescriptions please provide these to the Academy to allow your 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.

Why is good attendance so important?

  • A student who has one day off a week loses the equivalent of two years of their school life.
  • 90% of students with an attendance rate of below 85% fail to get five or more good GCSE grades and 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. You should bring a note explaining the reason for late arrival and report to reception. If you are twenty minutes late daily, that is the equivalent of 72 hours of learning missed across the school year.