Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1HG

01977 794 179

St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together


Attendance / Absence


Parents have a responsibility to ensure that their children receive full time education. Regular attendance is essential if children are to progress with their learning.


The ‘attendance team’ meet on a weekly basis to review individual and group attendance across school. We also rely on staff to notice patterns of irregular school attendance or to help us spot improvements that have been made. It is currently not school policy to issue fines to parents whose children miss more than an agreed number of days of education like some educational establishments do. However if non-attendance does become an issue this is something we may seek to do in future.



We would expect parents/carers to inform the school office by 9.30am by phone (01977 794179) you can leave a message on the absence line at any time, day or night, if your child is unwell and unable to attend school the next day. Do not leave messages regarding absence on Dojo or Facebook Messenger. If we have no reason for the absence by 9.30am a member of the office staff will try to contact you regarding the absence. If we are not able to make contact, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and  a home visit may take place.


Medical Appointments

All medical appointments should be made outside of school hours where ever possible. We do understand that this is not always possible and in that instance we would expect to be notified if your child has a medical appointment and would need to see any letters or messages confirming appointments. These can be sent to the school office via email: or sent via Class Dojo to the Office Dojo, or they can be shown in person to a member of the office staff.



Punctuality is an important social convention and late arrivals disrupt the routines of the school. Doors and registration for all classes, Reception to Class 6, will be open from 8.40am – 8.55am. Lessons will start at 8.50am (Foundation & KS1) and 8.55am (KS2). We would therefore request that parents make every effort to ensure that their children are in school five minutes before your child's start time.


If your child is late:

All children arriving after 8.55am should enter school via the school office to get a late mark and order their dinners. If you know that your child is going to be late please ring the the school office and leave a message on the absence line so that we know to expect this and approximately when your child is expected to arrive.


To see a copy of our Attendance Policy please click here