Attendance Officers

Natalie Pickering

Assistant Principal: Attendance & Mathematics

Stephanie Hunter

Attendance Leader

Clare Smith

Attendance Officer: Year 7

Michelle Doolan

Attendance Officer: Year 8

Rosie Bullick

Attendance Officer: Year 9

Sarah Wilkin

Year 9 and Assistant Attendance Leader

Kelly McLaughlin

Attendance Officer: Year 10

Helen Orme

Attendance Officer: Year 11

Abigail Lockwood

Attendance Admin Assistant

At The Farnley Academy, attendance is our obsession!

Research proves that there is a very clear relationship between excellent school attendance and academic achievement. Year after year, the students with the best school attendance achieve the best results. We are passionate about providing students with the best possible life chances and as such, know they have to ‘be here to get there.’

All students at The Farnley Academy are set an attendance target of 97% or above.

Students with 97% attendance and above are more likely to:

  • Be appointed to a well paid job.

  • Make this best progress in their subjects.

  • Develop good habits for work and wider life.

  • Achieve higher than average grades in their GCSEs.

  • Secure a place at a college, University or a training course.

  • Maintaining strong and sound friendships.

Parents, carers and families are therefore asked to ensure that their young person is in school every day of term.

The law states that students can miss school if they are:

  • Too unwell to attend school*;
  • It has been authorised in advance by the Principal (such as a religious observance, funeral or competitive sporting event).

* Schools may ask for medical evidence to authorise extended periods of absence or when attendance is below 97%.

The table below details the number of days and lessons of invaluable learning opportunities missed over a year with attendance at different levels.

Yearly Attendance Yearly Days Missed Yearly Learning Hours Missed Learning Hours Missed Over 5 Years
100% 0 0 0
95% 10 50 250
90% 20 100 500
80% 40 200 1000
50% 100 500 2500

Attendance Process

If your child is absent from the Academy you must telephone the Attendance Line (0113 2630741) on the first day of absence before 10.00 am and provide a reason.

  • If we do not receive communication, you will receive a phone call home from one of our team of dedicated Attendance Officers.

  • A home visit may be made depending on the student’s attendance record and the nature of the absence.

  • On returning to the Academy the student must take responsibility to catch up on work missed.

Students’ attendance is monitored against our Traffic Light Group system.

Home visits will be conducted by members of the Attendance Team if a student’s attendance is of concern. The purpose of making home visits is to have a conversation with families about their young person’s attendance, complete a safeguarding check and offer support where applicable.

Please be aware that The Farnley Academy works closely with Leeds City Council and will transfer any cases of persistently poor attendance for possible prosecution in either the Family or Magistrates court.

Attendance Catch Up Club

If a students misses a period of school, it is likely that they will be required to attend an after school Catch Up Club. These one hour sessions, facilitated by an Academic Progress Leader, are designed to help students catch up on the English, Maths and Science work that has been missed. If your child is required to attend, you will be notified by text. Catch Up Club is held on Tuesday and Thursday between 2.50pm and 3.50pm. Owing to the fact that teachers put a lot of time into planning work for these sessions, if a child fails to attend, an after school detention will be issued.

The 100% Attendance Club

Maintaining an attendance record of 100% is a brilliant achievement and one that we are delighted to reward and celebrate. Students who achieve 100% attendance will be given a much deserved place in the 100% Attendance Club. Membership of the club entitles students to a range of rewards, including celebration activities, trips and pop up events throughout the year.

A 100% Attendance Club pin badge is presented to students when they enter the club. It is expected that this badge is worn with pride at all times around the Academy. This is a student’s pass to a raft of rewards and treats including a specially allocated queue in the dining room, ensuring priority and speedy serving at lunch and break times.

Our first 100% Attendance Club students are those who have admirably achieved 100% Attendance in 2017-18. The next entry to the club will be those students who maintain 100% Attendance from September to October half term. Students can stay in the club for as long as they maintain 100% attendance. This will be reviewed weekly by the Attendance Team and any student who drops below 100% will hand their pin badge back to school.

We recognise 100% Attendance as being a huge achievement and one that needs significant reward and celebration! Therefore, only students with 100% Attendance will be granted access to the club. The 100% attendance club is a reward for those students who show resilience and excellent attitudes to school. We do, however, recognise that in some cases, absence from school is unavoidable. Examples include students being absent from school:

  • to mark a religious observance.
  • to attend a specialist medical appointment related to a lifelong medical condition.
  • to grieve for, and attend a funeral of an immediate family member.

In all cases where a parent / carer is seeking an exception to be made, the Principal must authorise this. Please complete an ‘Exceptional Circumstances form’ and return to the academy by email or post.

Students who maintain attendance above 97% will be able to access some of the same rewards given to those in the 100% Attendance Club. The Attendance Team may, when appropriate, also provide incentives and rewards specifically targeted to individuals or groups where it is seen fit.

Holidays in Term Time

The Farnley Academy will never authorise a holiday during term time.

As an academy we recognise that financial pressures and work commitments sometimes make it difficult to take holidays outside of school time. However, we ask for your full support in ensuring that your son / daughter is in school all of the time to access an outstanding education.

If you choose to take an unauthorised leave of absence the case will be transferred to Leeds City Council to process a penalty fine.


The school day starts at 8.30am by which time students must be at their form room or in the assembly queue. The Farnley Academy’s site is large, and it is therefore imperative that students factor in enough time to arrive at their morning destination in a calm and relaxed manner.

Students who are late to school will receive a verbal warning for their lateness on the first occasion. For every time after this, a negative comment will be written in to the planner. In addition, a break time detention on the same day will be issued. Students are expected to attend this break time detention. Failure to do so will result in an after school detention being issued.

College Interviews

Due to safeguarding reasons, all students must be collected from school for college interviews.