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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.

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Attendance Matters

Beckfoot School seeks to ensure that all its students receive an education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to reach their potential. A good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life. Regular and punctual attendance is of vital importance. Poor school attendance damages educational achievement and the future progress of young people. Promoting and supporting good attendance at school is essential to learning and attainment.

All school staff will work with students and their families to support parents in helping them to meet their legal duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly and on time. A whole school attendance target of 97% has been set for the academic year 2020/2021 and various measures will be put in place to help work towards this.

The school has established an effective system of incentives and rewards, which acknowledge the efforts of students to improve their attendance and timekeeping and will challenge the behaviour of those students and parents who give low priority to attendance and punctuality.

The school expects all students to aim for 100% attendance. An attendance level of under 90% is classed as persistent absenteeism and will result in intervention by the school. These cases are likely to be referred to the Local Authority’s Education Safeguarding Team (formerly the Education Social Work Service) which may lead to a Penalty Notice being issued or court proceedings.

We want every student to benefit from the learning opportunities offered at Beckfoot School. We want to work with you to enable them to accomplish this and offer families the support to avoid any unnecessary absences, which could lead to legal intervention.
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Punctuality

Punctuality 

Punctuality is an important life skill and is something that we strongly value at Beckfoot. All students should arrive on the school site by 8:25am - any student arriving between 8:30am and 8:55am will be marked as late. Any student arriving after 8:55am will be marked as Unauthorised Late; this is when the school closes its register. All students arriving late will make up the time by attending a 20 minute break or lunch time detention. Text messages will be sent out informing parents/carers of their child’s lateness and the details regarding the detention given.
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Illness

Should your child be too ill to attend the school, please contact us on the first day of absence before 8:30am by:

Text: 07624 813492

Email: absence@beckfoot.org

Phone: 08442 393390  (some mobile phone providers charge for texts or calls to this number)

Please keep us informed daily of your child’s progress. If a child is absent, and we have received no parental contact and the school cannot contact a parent/carer to establish a reason for the absence, a home visit may be made by the school Attendance Officer.

According to NHS guidance, children do not require time off for the following: Cold; Cold sores; Conjunctivitis; Cough; Glandular fever, 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.

Doctors and dentist appointments should be made outside of school time, if this is not possible your child should miss the least amount of school time as possible. If an appointment is mid-morning they should come in to school before their appointment and, if they are well enough, come back to school after the appointment. 

Medical evidence should be provided wherever possible. Please send in evidence of medication prescribed by your doctor or hospital or an appointment card from your GP or medical centre. The school has a right to request evidence of illness or appointments to authorise the absence. Where attendance levels are of concern and monitoring is in place, medical evidence will be required for all absences. 

Medical evidence can be brought in to school by your child and taken to the Attendance Office or be emailed in to absence@beckfoot.org
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Coronavirus/Covid-19 information

Holiday Leave in Term Time

From 1 September 2013, the Department of Education changed the regulations regarding requests for family holidays during term time. The changes to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 mean there is no legal entitlement for parents to take children on holiday during term time. The new regulations also make it clear that Headteachers may not authorise leave during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional.

The school closes for 13 weeks of holidays each academic year and we expect all parents/carers will take their family holidays whilst the school is closed. Any parent wanting to take their child on a leave of absence from school should request and complete a Leave of Absence form. The application will be looked at on an individual basis and you will be informed by letter of the outcome. However, it is highly unusual to grant leave of absence during term time. Any holiday or leave taken without permission from the Headteacher will be unauthorised and legal action may be sought from the Local Authority.

The approval of Leave of Absence does not set a precedent for similar future requests and the frequency /duration of such leave periods will be considered factors in any decision.

The Council will use the full range of sanctions available where Leave of Absence is taken without the permission from the school. The Council will regularly monitor school absence during term time and will work with Headteachers to ensure parents adhere to the new legislation.

Click here to download the Leave of Absence Form 

Department of Education Guidance

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Where family holidays or leave of absence are taken without the permission of the school, parents can be given a Penalty Notice for periods of unauthorised holidays. 

From 1 September 2013, payment of a Penalty Notice within 21 days is £60 per parent per child and payment after this time but within 28 days is £120.  

Schools can delete pupils from the registers if they fail to return within 10 school days of the agreed return date or after 20 days of unauthorised absence if the holiday/leave of absence has not been agreed.


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Persistent Absence and the Law

Absence that continues in spite of school support and measures is classed as Persistent Absence. This includes:-

  • Any child who has 3 days absence or 6 sessions* in a 30 day period
  • Any child who has below 90% absence 

Where Persistent Absence occurs, you may receive a letter to inform you that your child’s attendance will be monitored and this could lead to a request to attend a panel meeting in school with the Attendance Team and Head of Year.

*session equivalent of a half day in school

The Law 

Regular attendance at school is important. Failing to attend school regularly can have a major impact on children’s education, their future and their life chances. Regular attendance means attending school every day, arriving at school on time and attending every lesson.

Under section 7 of the Education Act 1996, parents are responsible for ensuring their child (from age 5 to age 16) receives efficient full time education that is suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs the child may have. This can be through regular school attendance or through elective home education (EHE)

Parents who fail to ensure their children attend school regularly without good reason could be referred to the Education Safeguarding Team and:-

  • Receive a Penalty Notice Fine of £60 per parent per pupil 
  • Be prosecuted in the Magistrate’s court and be fined up to £1,000 
  • In more serious offences, where parents have been previously prosecuted they could be fined up to £2,500 or face imprisonment 

The legal measures available to Local Authorities in respect of School Attendance are detailed in the DFE document "School Attendance: Statutory Guidance and departmental advice" this document can be found here 

What is the Education Safeguarding Team?

The Education Safeguarding Team (formerly known as the Education Social Work Service) is an external service run by Bradford Council. Their Attendance Officer (AO) will work directly with families where the school has identified high rates of unauthorised absence and attempts to improve/resolve the situation have been unsuccessful. They will:

  • Undertake a comprehensive assessment with the family and where appropriate, the young person to identify barriers to attendance and learning
  • Produce a clear plan detailing the expectations of the family, the school and the AO and share with all involved
  • Ensure that parents/carers and pupils have access to appropriate help and support for any difficulties impacting on attendance
  • Regularly review the plan, this can lead to legal sanctions but these may not be necessary if an improvement is achieved

It is the aim of the Education Safeguarding team to bring about sustainable improvement in pupils’ attendance