If your child is absent from school, please call the academy on 0113 284 4260 (option 1). We require daily calls to ensure your child is safe.

Your child should be in school by 8.20am every day. This ensures they are on time, relaxed & ready for form time at 8.30am. If your child is late to school, this is likely to result in lost learning & falling behind their peers.

Does your child struggle with getting to school on time? Run through this check list with your child to encourage them to improve their time management skills.

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Magic Breakfast 

Every morning 8:00am-8:25am the academy is open to all students to take part in Magic Breakfast.

Magic Breakfast gives students the opportunity to make sure they are fuelled for the day, choosing from a range of breakfast items ranging from cereal to toast and bagels, all for free!

Did you know...

If in a school year, your child is late everyday by... Your child will have lost approximately... Or they would have missed approximately …
 5 Minutes 3.5 days from school 20 Lessons
 10 minutes 7 days from school 41 Lessons
 15 minutes 10 days from school 50 Lessons
 20 minutes 14.5 days from school 82 Lessons
 30 minutes 22 days from school 123 Lessons

Leeds City Academy Attendance initiative

Regular attendance at school is vital to help your child achieve and get the best possible start in life. There are 30 days in a 6-week half term. If your child has 1 and a half days off school, their attendance will be 95%. Good attendance is central to students’ academic achievement and personal development. Please support your child and encourage them to achieve band 1.

Attendance above 97%+


Outstanding attendance, students in this band are more likely to achieve better outcomes. Students in this category are eligible for rewards that are on offer. 


Attendance drops below 95%+


Student is monitored by the form tutor to offer support and encourage no more absence from school. Students in this band who have taken unauthorised absence from school will receive a notification letter from the attendance team.

Attendance drops below 93%


Students are likely to be monitored by the wider pastoral team such as the Year Manager and Attendance Welfare Officer. Students in this category will receive a notification letter about their attendance.

90% or below

Attendance is a serious concern


Parents invited in for Student Attendance Panel meeting and further monitoring will continue to reduce the risk of legal action. Students in this category will struggle to make as much progress as other students with better attendance. The academy will explore all options to work In Partnership to support you to improve your child’s attendance

"Every day counts"
Your child's attendance target is 97% +

Did you know?

Attendance during one school year Equals days absent Which is approximately weeks absent Which means the number of lessons missed Absence over five years
95% 9 days 2 weeks 50 lessons ¼ year
90% 19 days 4 weeks 100 lessons ½ year
80% 38 days 8 weeks 200 lessons 1 year
70% 57 days 11½ weeks 288 lessons 1¼ years
60% 80 days 16 weeks 400 lessons 2 years
50% 100 days 20 weeks 500 lessons 2½ year

Parental Responsibilities

By law parents have a duty to educate their children by ensuring regular attendance at school or otherwise.

  • In order to facilitate this process, parents with children at Leeds City Academy are expected to:
  • inform school by telephone 0113 284 4260 on the first morning of any absence before 9.30am
  • provide a note to cover the absence on the child’s return to school
  • ensure that their child gets to school on time
  • ensure that their child catches up on missed work to avoid ‘gaps’ in their knowledge.
  • not take family holidays during term time (see further guidance below)
  • Only the Principal may authorise such absences. Absences without permission from school will be registered as unauthorised (equivalent to truancy).


The Legal Framework 

  • Under The Education Act 1999, parents are responsible for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive full-time education. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child’s regular attendance at the school where they are registered.
  • If a child of compulsory school age who is registered at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, the parent is guilty of an offence under this Act.


  • At LCA we firmly believe that all students benefit from regular school attendance. The aim of this guidance is to minimise the amount of time lost due to absence in order to maximise the educational potential of every student. This can be achieved with the support of parents by ensuring absence, including holidays, is not taken during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’*.
  • At LCA, in order for an attendance record to be deemed good, it must be 96% or above. 

Attendance Strategy 2023-2024

Attendance Strategy 2023-24