St. Leonard's CEP Academy

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it" Proverb 22:6

Attendance and Absence


St Leonards CEP Academy aims to maximise attendance and secure high levels of punctuality in order to ensure that all pupils have full access to their education. If allowed to remain unchecked persistent absence and lateness can significantly impact on a pupil’s progress and achievement. Our regular communication with parents play a vital role in ensuring that this is achieved.


In line with the 1996 Education Act, we expect all children on roll to attend school every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We will endeavour to encourage our children to attend, and where necessary put in place support plans to help achieve this.


We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards school. We strive to create a happy and rewarding environment for all children where they feel safe and nurtured therefore wanting to come to school. We will make the best provision we can for those children who, for whatever reason, are prevented from coming to school.


We recognise that children alone cannot ensure their regular and punctual attendance at school. At all times, parents are encouraged to take an active role in the school life and to share and support their children’s learning. Though our home-school agreement, parents agree to ensuring their child’s the regular and punctual attendance. As part of our annual written reports to parents, the children’s attendance records are shared.

Please see our attendance policy below. This details our approach to attendance management.

Hastings Attendance Charter


The academy has signed up to the Hastings Attendance Charter. This is a Hastings wide charter for promoting attendance for children and young people.

The charter is a collaborative approach to promote good attendance at school across Hastings.

School leaders and governors who have signed this Charter agree to work together to implement it.