Regular and punctual attendance is essential.

Except for illness, no student should be absent from school without the permission of the Headteacher in advance. Parents are asked not to arrange family holidays or outings in term time; such absences are undesirable because they severely disrupt the student’s programme of learning and assessment.

On the first day of all absences parents are requested to phone the Student Absence Line at the Academy (0113  2 127 128) and to follow this with a note of explanation to the form tutor on their return. In the event of possible long illness parents are asked to contact the College as soon as possible and, where appropriate, work will be set for the students to complete at home.

Students, who arrive late, after 8.25am but before 8.40, should report to their form tutor, who will record the late arrival. Where students are persistently late appropriate action will be taken and parents informed. Attendance and punctuality information is recorded on reports. Students arriving after 8.40am should report to reception.

Garforth Academy will not grant permission for leave of absence for holidays during term time

  • The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time.
  • If, for any reason whatsoever, you are considering withdrawing your child from the Academy during term time, please submit the reasons for your request for leave of absence on an official proforma – in advance of the planned absence.
  • Application forms may be obtained from Pastoral Leaders and  the Academy’s main reception or, you can download the version at the bottom of this page.

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