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Attendance target: at least 96%

We encourage and reward good attendance.  Every student’s good attendance is vital as it has a clear link with progress and attainment. Students need to come to school every day they are not ill.

We work closely with the Educational Welfare Service and Leeds City Council Children’s Services to deal with truancy, term time holidays and casual absenteeism.

Students who attend less than 85% (the equivalent of one and a half days off school per fortnight) count as Persistent Absence students and their names are reported to the Government. It has been shown statistically that students with 85% attendance will achieve at least one grade below expectation in all their GCSE subjects.

Over a period of five school years, a student with 85% attendance will have missed three quarters of a whole year of his/her schooling. Similarly, students with poor punctuality miss valuable lesson time and, if it happens regularly, progress will be jeopardised. Lateness to school will be sanctioned.

If you know your child will not be able to attend school, you must ring the school on the day of absence, for safeguarding reasons.

The best way to achieve good attendance and punctuality is to keep the routine going: coming to school on time every single day.

Attendance %
Absence per week/fortnight
Absence per year
Absence over 5 year period
Half day
2 weeks
Quarter of a year
Half day weekly
4 weeks
Half a year
One and half days fortnightly
6 weeks
Three quarters of year
One day weekly
8 weeks
One year
Two and half days fortnightly
10 weeks
One and quarter years
One and half days weekly
12 weeks
One and half years
Three and half days fortnightly
14 weeks
One and three quarter years
Two days weekly
16 weeks
Two years
Four and half days fortnightly
18 weeks
Two and a quarter years
Two and half days weekly
20 weeks
Two and half years

The table below highlights how important punctuality is.

Daily lateness
Equates to...
 5 minutes late
 3 days lost per school year
 10 minutes late
 6.5 days lost per school year
 15 minutes late
 10 days lost per school year
 20 minutes late
 13 days lost per school year
 30 minutes late
 19 days lost per school year

Research shows that if a student misses 17 days in a school year, he/she falls one whole grade below expected results in their GCSE examinations across ALL subjects.

Attendance affects attainment: fact

Having analysed GCSE results and attendance, the facts are:

Percentage attendance within a year
How students performed
9 grades are below targets
8 grades are below targets
6 grades are below targets
4 grades are below targets
3 grades are below targets
Over 96%
2 grades are above predicted targets

Lawnswood School continues to be a good school!

See our recent Ofsted feedback here >>