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Whole School Attendance for Academic Year 2018-2019 is in line with National Average.

Regular school attendance is essential for all of our pupils to make good progress, achieve their academic potential and consequently have better chances in life.

Every pupil at Lord Derby Academy, in line with the Governments expectations, is expected to maintain an attendance level of 97% and above. It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, carers, pupils, staff and governors to ensure they achieve this, therefore we monitor and review the attendance of all pupils constantly.

  • “Better attendance at school by pupils improves their educational achievements, and in turn, their lives and prospects.”

Each year there are 190 school days which leaves 175 days for holidays, shopping, birthday treats and non urgent medical and dental appointments. Therefore, the school will not authorise absence for these reasons.

Our whole School Attendance Target for 2019/20 is 95.5%.

If your son or daughter attends for at least 97% of one school year they will have had less than 10 days absent.

Below is a chart showing a comparison of attendance for a full academic year and what impact it has on your attendance and academic achievement.

Attendance %Days Absent from SchoolWeeks Absent From SchoolLearning MissedHours of Learning MissedOver 5 Years
99.50%1 day-6 lessons5 hours1 week
99%2 days -12 lessons10 hours2 weeks
98.50%3 days-18 lessons15 hours3 weeks
98%4 days -24 lesson20 hours1 month
97.50%5 days1 week30 lessons25 hours1 1/4 months
95%10 days2 weeks60 lessons50 hours2 1/2 months
92.50%15 days3 weeks90 lessons75 hours3 3/4 months
90%20 days4 weeks120 lessons100 hours5 months (nearly 1/2 school year)
87.50%25 days5 weeks150 lessons125 hours6 1/4 months (1/2 school year)
85%30 days6 weeks180 lessons150 hours7 1/2 months (over 1/2 school year)
82.50%35 days7 weeks210 lessons175 hours8 3/4 months (almost an academic year)
80%40 days8 weeks240 lessons200 hours10 months (full school year!)

We appreciate that children are unwell from time to time and that there can be exceptional circumstances for absences, but we ask that you think carefully about keeping your child out of school. There is a strong connection between good attendance and achievement at school. Absence is proven to have a significant negative impact upon a child’s educational attainment.

In addition, regular school attendance keeps children safe. Evidence shows that pupils who truant are more likely to be involved in crime and anti social activity. Any pupil that is caught truanting will attend Saturday school (9.30am-12.30pm). Pupils are expected to attend in full school uniform with their bag and full equipment.

Poor school attendance is at least 10 sessions (5 school days) lost to unauthorised absence.

Unauthorised absence is when no valid, reason has been provided to the school by the parent/carer for the absence. An Education Penalty Notice may be issued for 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence.


Pupils need to be in school no later than 8.38am.

Pupils who are late to school will do a detention at lunch time. Failure to attend the lunch time detention will result in an after school detention with the pupils Head of Year.

In cases where a child persistently arrives at school after the register has closed and has lost ten unauthorised late marks within a period of no more than 10 weeks an Education Penalty Notice may be issued. Pupils who arrive late to school will receive a consequence in line with our punctuality procedures.

Poor school attendance combined with and lateness which amounts to 10 sessions lost within a period of no more than 10 weeks can also trigger an Education Penalty Notice.

Please read the attached parent leaflet for more information (click here)

On the rare occasion your child needs to be off school due to illness or any other appropriate reason it is the parent/carers responsibility to contact the Attendance Team on 0151 477 8860, before 8.38am, to disclose the reason for absence. Parents/Carers should also provide a note to the child’s Form Tutor on their return to school.

Known Absence (including appointments during the school day)

All appointments should be made out of school hours, however, in extreme circumstances a pupil may need to attend an appointment during the school day. If this is the case the Leave of Absence form below should be completed and returned to Mrs Cundle prior to the appointment so a decision can be made. Pupils must be collected from school by a parent or carer if permission is granted. Pupils will not be allowed to leave the school site unsupervised.


Holidays are not authorised by the school unless it is classed as exceptional circumstances.

If exceptional circumstances apply to you please fill in the leave of Absence Form below and return to Mrs Cundle at school.

Leave of absence request form

Attendance rewards and initiatives
Pupils at school receive Bronze, Silver and Gold pin badges for 100% attendance throughout the academic year. Gold badges will be presented at our annual Celebration of Achievement Evening. Please click here to see the rewards page.

Pupils can also receive praise postcards, vouchers, additional merits and pupil bonuses for example ‘jump the dinner queue pass’. Certificates from Heads of Year are also awarded in end of term assemblies for 100% or significantly improved attendance. Pupil’s are also invited to surprise reward events throughout the year.

Please click on the links below for examples of how we promote and support good attendance:

Lord Derby Academy – winners of the Knowsley Schools Attendance Challenge winning both awards for:
  • Most improved school
  • Highest number of pupils achieving 100% attendance
  • School received a visit from renowned actor Stephen Graham
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