New Bewerley Community School

Attendance & Absence

Our target for attendance is 96%

 Meet the Team 

Attendance Team (ID 1288)

If you have any questions, or are worried about your child’s attendance, please do speak to your child’s class teacher or the staff listed above. We can offer advice on how to support attendance.

Leeds City Council Targeted Services (JESS Cluster) are also committed to helping improve and support your child’s attendance.

Attendance Policy



It is really important the your child(ren) attends school and is on time, so that do not miss out on any of their learning. On the poster above, it clearly describe how being late can affect this.

The times of school are;

  • 8:35am – School Gates Open
  • 8:45am – Classroom Doors Open
  • 9:00am – Classroom Doors Close

If you are late to school, you must accompany your child(ren) to the Main Office, where you will need to sign them in and explain why they are late.

Persistent lateness will result in a meeting with the Attendance Team. We can discuss any proactive ideas and solutions to ensure that punctuality improves.

The school day finishes at 3:15pm. Parents are expected to be there to collect their children promptly. If children are not collected at the correct time, then parents will may receive a fine.


If your child for any reason is not in school, please can you ensure that you ring the school office by 9am on 0113 887 8718. We do not accept emails regarding attendance. Absences will only be authorised if a child has an;

  • Illness
  • Medical appointment (letter or appointment card must be seen)
  • Religious festivals including Eid, Diwali etc.
  • Bereavement

If you do not inform us of your child’s absence, we will ring to ask for a reason. To ensure that we follow our statutory safeguarding duty we may carry out a home visit.

In order for all parents, carers and children to be aware of the impact of absence on their overall attendance, we have created the visual below for all stakeholders to understand how many days missed equals the number of hours learning missed:


 Term Time Holidays

New Bewerley Community School has a zero-tolerance policy to parents taking pupils out of school during term time. We will not authorise absence for any child whose parent books a family holiday during term time. If you do take your child on holiday, a holiday request form must be completed. Please be aware that fines may be issued if unauthorized holidays are taken and from August 2024, the fines are increasing.

These can be collected from the Main Office or via the link below: 

Application For Exceptional Leave In Term-Time

Attendance Matters Newsletters

Summer 1 Attendance Matters Newsletter 

 Useful Links

LCC School Absence Fines Information

Attendance Support for Parents & Carers