Keighley Year of safety


School Matters!  Attend today achieve tomorrow.

What is the law on school attendance

All schools, including independent schools, must maintain an Admissions Register and all schools except boarding schools must have an Attendance Register. The Registration (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006 require a school to put the child’s name on the Admissions Register on the first day that the child is expected to attend school. If the pupil does not attend, they will be recorded as absent – this can be authorised or unauthorised.

A school will authorise an absence if:

  • the child is too ill to attend and the school accepts this as valid (although if the child is off for long periods the school might ask for proof from the doctor);
  • the parent has got the advance permission of the school e.g. for a holiday, religious observation;
  • the child has a medical or dental appointment;
  • the child is on study leave;
  • the child is being educated off-site;
  • the child has been excluded.

Schools have to regularly inform the Local Authority of any pupils who are regularly absent from school, have irregular attendance, or have missed 10 school days or more without the school’s permission. 

Schools also have a safeguarding duty, under section 175 Education Act 2002, to investigate any unexplained absences.

Tips for good school attendance

  • Good habits start early in life, so even before your child starts school, establish good routines, such as reading before bedtime and going to bed on time
  • Children need to come to school everyday and on time
  • 11 or under?  Be home by 8pm for a good nights sleep
  • If your child is off school, you must let the school know why and tell them when they can expect your child back
  • Make all appointments for the doctor, dentist, optician etc after school hours or during the school holidays where possible
  • Take an active interest in your child’s school work and offer support with homework
  • Attend parent’s evenings to discuss your child’s progress
  • Make sure your child understands the benefits of regular attendance at school
  • Don’t let your child stay off school for a minor ailment
  • Take all holidays during the school holiday periods
 Keighley Schools Together Attendance League Table.pdfDownload
 Keighley Schools Together Attendance Policy.pdfDownload
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