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Attendance at Allerton Grange is extremely important. We want our students to succeed; this can only be achieved if they are in school and learning. Students should aim for 100% Attendance.


  • If a student is going to be absent from school, a parent must call the student absence line, on 0113 3930304, before 8.50am on each day of absence. Give your child's name, form, the reason for absence and, where possible, the probable date of return. 
  • If your child is ill but you're not sure if they can go to school, please check the NHS Guidance - Is my child too ill for school? and follow the advice. Remember that you must contact school if your child is too ill to attend.
  • If your child is absent and you do not notify the school, you will receive a text to your mobile phone.
  • If there is a genuine problem about coming to school, students should still come to school and speak with a member of the Behaviour and Welfare team.


Authorised Absences

Unauthorised Absences


Bereavement Family Celebrations
Medical Appointments Sleeping in
Religious Festival Looking after siblings



  • Students should be in their form room on time.
  • Students are required to be punctual.
  • When the school bell goes, students must make their way to lesson.
  • If arriving late, students must sign in at the attendance office to get a mark due to safety regulations.
  • Student should have a note from a parent/carer explaining the reason they are late. Sanctions will be set for lateness.

Illness or accident in school

  • In the first instance students should tell a teacher if they are feeling unwell; they will write a note in their planner to give them permission to leave the lesson. Students should then go to their Year Office.
  • If students are unable to continue lessons, their parents will be contacted to collect them from school. Students must never sign themselves out.

Leaving school during the day - signing out is a legal requirement

  • If a student needs to leave school to go to a medical appointment, or any other authorised commitment, they must have written permission from home.
  • Students must notify their Year Manager if they need to sign out. Once permission has been granted, students will be given a green slip.
  • If leaving during a lesson, students must show the green slip to their teacher before the lesson starts.
  • Before students leave the premises, they should go the main reception where they hand in the green slip. They will then be signed out and given a police signing-out slip.

Returning to school after an appointment

  • Students must sign in and hand in the police signing out slip back in to the attendance office. This is very important because in the event of a fire we need to know if they are in the building.

Taking Medicine in school

  • Students must leave medication with the Head of Year.
  • Medication must not be carried around, with the exception of inhalers for asthma or epi-pens.
  • Aspirin or paracetamol cannot be given out at school.

Holiday information

Allerton Grange places great importance on achievement through good attendance, therefore we operate a policy of not authorising time off for holidays during term time.

Where parents have unavoidable reasons for taking students out of school during term time, requests must be made in writing to the Headteacher, who will advise you of the decision.

If a student has requested a holiday during term time which has not been authorised and the holiday is still taken (for more than 5 days), a maximum fine of £60 per pupil per parent will be imposed by Children's Services, Leeds. Further instances could lead to prosecution.

Religious holidays

School will advise students and their families each year of the number of authorised religious holidays which can be taken. The decision will be made in consultation with the relevant religious bodies and Children’s Services, Leeds. Parents should advise school of the dates to be taken (in advance if possible) by completing an absence note in their child's planner. Any additional days taken will be recorded as unauthorised absence.

% Attendance

Potential risk


No Risk of Underachievement



Risk of Underachievement



Serious Risk of Underachievement



Severe Risk of Underachievement


Less than 90%

Extreme Risk of Underachievement

Risk of Court Action













Any absence from school results in opportunities for learning being missed, the more time you are absent from school the greater the risk of underachievement as a result.

Absence Line: 0113 393 0304 (option 1) 

Attendance Matters Booklet
“Great facilities. Dedicated and enthusiastic staff”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"Thank you for making my daughter's first year with you such a good one. We are impressed with how she has settled in and grown as a person throughout the year"
- Year 7 Parent
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
“Great opportunity to meet staff and gain greater depth of my child’s achievement”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Clean, bright, vibrant learning space”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
“It was good to speak to his form tutor and hear about what is happening in class”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Friendly staff, well-behaved kids”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
“Excellent feedback, we’re very happy with progress so far”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
“Excellent facilities, improving school”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Very impressed with the sports facilities"
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
“Impressed with the consistent enthusiasm of the teaching staff when discussing feedback”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
“I especially liked the Science and Maths departments”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Driven leadership, confident pupils. Staff friendly and open to discussing subjects and needs of my child”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"So pleased that both my children are at a school, where the performing arts (and other arts) are such a priority."
- Parent
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
“Welcoming staff, friendly, confident students and excellent facilities”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018