Attendance & punctuality

All pupils are expected to be ready, in class, for registration at 8.30am. Parents should be ready to pick them up from class at 4pm sharp (3pm on Friday).

All parents have been issued a letter giving notice of attendance policies. We think it is very important that all our pupils benefit from 190 days of learning to ensure they make progress and achieve the results they should. If a school can improve its attendance by 1%, this can result in a 5-6% improvement in attainment. We are asking you to support the school by ensuring your child achieves excellent attendance.

Please see the following letter for more guidance on attendance requirements:

Attendance and Punctuality Advice

Here are some of the ways in which you can help our school achieve excellent attendance:

  • Avoid taking your child on term time leave. The school is closed for 14 weeks a year when you can take holidays and travel abroad. Where there are exceptional circumstances for a pupil to be absent during term time, you can make a request to the Headteacher at email primaryadmin@arkacademy.org / info@arkacademy.org. However, the Headteacher's decision is final. You do not have a right to take term time leave.
  • We expect pupils to arrive at school on time. Late arrivals disrupt the education of others. Pupils arriving after the register has closed will be marked in the register as having an unauthorised absence. The school attendance policy states the time that the attendance register closes in the morning: 20 minutes after registration.
  • We do not expect pupils to come to school when they are sick, but those with regular sickness absence will be expected to provide us with medical evidence before we authorise further absences.
  • Avoid medical and dental appointments during school time.
  • If you or your children are having difficulties that impact on their attendance, please make an appointment with a member of staff to discuss additional support.

For a copy of our Primary Attendance Policy please click here

For a copy of our Secondary Attendance Policy please click here

The London Borough of Brent’s Non-School Attendance, Education Penalty Notices, and Local Code of Conduct are available to read and download by following this link.

We have an expectation that once we have notified you about our concerns, you will ensure that your child’s attendance or punctuality improves significantly. If a pupil continues to have poor attendance or punctuality, we will discuss this with our allocated Education Welfare Officer, and if necessary make a referral to Brent Education Welfare Service.

The Education Welfare Service may issue you with a Formal Warning, an Education Penalty Notice (EPN) or decide to prosecute. If you are issued with an EPN for unauthorised term time leave, you risk receiving a fine from the London Borough of Brent of between £60 - £120. Fines are issued to each parent for each child taken out of school. Failure to pay the notice may result in you being prosecuted at Willesden Magistrates Court for your child’s non-attendance at school for the period in the notice. Formal Warnings or Education Penalty Notices are also issued in cases of persistent unauthorised absence.