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Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.




Sixth Form


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Students & Learning

Attendance & Punctuality

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Why are attendance and punctuality so important?

Missing out on or being late to lessons leaves students vulnerable to falling behind. Beckfoot School seeks to ensure that every student receives a full-time education to maximise their opportunities and to realise their true potential both socially and academically.

Over a period of five school years, a student with 90% attendance will have missed half of a whole year of schooling. Similarly, students with poor punctuality miss valuable lesson time - which will jeopardise progress if it happens regularly.

Beckfoot definitions of attendance

The table below sets out our school definitions of attendance. We aim for excellent attendance (100%) for all, however we do recognise that there are times when students will be absent from school. If attendance drops below 95% the school will contact parents or carers immediately to put a plan in place to make improvements. As a school we work relentlessly to support students and families.

definitions of attendance

School and future success starts with good attendance & punctuality

As part of the Beckfoot Six Ps - being PUNCTUAL is the first P of our Positive Learning Strategy. Staff regularly communicate our Positive Learning Strategy to students to ensure the profile of attendance and punctuality is high throughout school.

Attendance Infographic

Visual displays across the school also reinforce the importance of attendance and punctuality. Infographic examples above and below.

Achieving excellent attendance is essential to achieving success and as such, we work closely with parents or carers, students and staff to ensure this can be realised.

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What can I do to help?


As a parent or carer
you can help by:

  • Ensuring your child understands the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality.
  • Taking an interest in their education – asking about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities.
  • Discussing any problems they may have at school and contact your child's year team to pass on concerns quickly.
  • Not allowing them take time off school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work.
  • Arranging appointments after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays will help to prevent disruption to your child’s education and to the school.
  • Being open and willing to work with us to improve your child’s attendance.


As a student,
you can improve your attendance by:

  • Speaking to a trusted adult about the reasons why you might not want to come to school.
  • Trying hard every morning to get up and get to school, unless you are really unwell.
  • Getting an early night, feeling tired on a morning can make getting to school harder.
  • Making sure you get to school on time every day.

What do I do if my child is not well enough to come to school?

If you feel that your child isn’t well enough to come to school, you need to leave a message for us via Class Charts, or phone and leave a message (01274 771444 option 1) or email us on the following: before 8.30am for each day a student will not be attending school with your child’s name, year group and the reason why they are not in school. 

Medical appointments should be made for after school wherever possible.  We may ask to see evidence of medical appointments, if your child’s attendance is poor.

According to NHS guidance, children do not require time off for the following: Cold; Cold sores; Conjunctivitis; Cough; Hand, foot and mouth; Headache; Head lice; Sore throat; Threadworms; Tonsillitis; Warts and/or Verrucae.  If you would like more information on NHS guidelines please click here.

What does authorised and unauthorised absence mean?

We must follow national legal guidelines which means that holiday requests during term-time cannot be authorised. Because of this, unauthorised absences will likely incur a fixed penalty notice. These are issued by school and processed by the local authority.

We will not authorise a student’s leave of absence during term time, as this is only done in extremely exceptional circumstances. If you don’t get permission from the school, the absence is classed as ‘unauthorised’ and this includes lateness. If you want to see if an absence can be authorised, you must contact school in advance and get permission from the Headteacher via the attendance office.

What will happen if my child misses school?

We keep parents up to date with their child’s attendance and confirm absences with them; this makes sure students are supported in their progress at school.

Our Attendance Team work really hard to support students and often identify patterns of non-attendance. They will always work with parents and carers to understand these patterns and see how they can be improved.


If you are concerned about your child’s school attendance, it is always best to talk to us first. We have a dedicated Attendance Team who are here to help students and families. Students with attendance of less than 95% are monitored closely. Each year group also has the specialist support of a Support and Challenge Team who will be able to offer intensive support and guidance to students and families to help improve attendance.

Contact the Attendance Team

Mrs D Murgatroyd
Mr M Mountain
Mrs J Coates 01274 771444

Contact your child's Support and Challenge Team

Year 7

Mrs A Douglas
Head of Year 7

Miss G Sears
Pastoral Manager Year 7

Year 8

Mrs L Keller-Bradbury
Head of Year 8

Mr Manny Mehmood
Pastoral Manager Year 8

Year 9

Mr A White
Pastoral Manager Year 9

Mr J Khan
Pastoral Manager Year 9

Year 10

Mrs L Powell
Head of Year 10
Mr J Wheeler
Pastoral Manager Year 10

Year 11

Miss S Mallinson-Powell
Head of Year 11
Mrs M Harris
Pastoral Manager Year 11

Post 16

Mrs K Towers
Post 16 Pastoral Lead
Mrs J Smith
Post 16 Administrator