• Individual attendance target: 100%
  • College attendance target: 96%

It is important that every student attends school every day and on time in order that they may give themselves the very best chance of success. It is proven by research that students who are not in school will miss out on lesson time and may then not be able to take full advantage of the learning experiences available to them.

If your child misses one session in a week (remember, there are two sessions per day) their attendance cannot reach higher than 90%. This may look impressive but it means they miss 19 days of education in a year and risk dropping one grade in their GCSEs. 5 grades at 4/5 become 5 grades at 3/4.

Here at Kingsthorpe College we take absence seriously and target intervention with students whose attendance falls below the school target of 96% or better.
If a student’s attendance falls below 90% they are classified as being Persistent Absence (PA) and are at a much greater chance of failing in their GCSE subjects and therefore damaging their life chances.
As a school we use the "My Ed APP" which is a smart phone App system that shows you as parents/carers the daily attendance of your son/daughter. We also use a “First Day Response” system where members of the Attendance team will call you as parents to request explanations for absence. If a response is not received emails, phone calls and letters are sent home to resolve reasons for absence and reduce the likelihood of future absence. This is proven to have a positive effect on attendance patterns and clarification of reasons for absence.

Planned absence during term time – Kingsthorpe College like many other schools follows the Department for Education's policy by not authorising holidays during term time, unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'. Please ensure the Request for Absence in Term Time form is completed and given to Julie Williams, Attendance Officer.

Please click here for the absence form

In April 2016, Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) amended its policy on Unauthorised Absences. The time frame for parents receiving a fixed penalty notice has been reduced from ten days to five days or 10 sessions. The updated policy does not allow schools to authorise any absence of five days or more during school time. Head teachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional.

The links between good attendance and academic success are clear and beyond argument. Here at Kingsthorpe College we do all that we can to promote good attendance and to that end we have always supported the work of the Local Authority in bringing about improvements.

The letter and accompanying leaflet from Northamptonshire County Council, Learning, Skills and Education department, clearly outlines the sanctions that will be applied when children and young people are taken out of school for unauthorised reasons during term time.

We have always been able to rely on the support of you as parents and carers and I know we will be able to do so as we implement these important changes.
Parents will be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without the consent of the school. 

Please be aware that the criteria for fixed penalty notices for unauthorised absence has recently been significantly reduced. Should your child’s unauthorised absence meet the threshold and subsequently trigger a fixed penalty notice, it will be structured as follows:

  • £60 per parent/adult for each student if paid within 21 days, increasing to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days of issue.
  • If the Penalty Notice is not paid within 28 days, the Local Authority may instigate legal proceedings under section 444 (1) of the Education Act 1996. If found guilty of an offence under this Act, parents will receive a criminal record and could be fined up to £1000.

View the Code of Conduct for Penalty Notices for absences.

We do not authorise holidays during term time because we recognise that such absence negatively affects attainment
All staff work closely with students to make clear the message that attending well and being on time, will lead to higher levels of attainment and greater employment prospects.


Good punctuality is an excellent life-skill and we expect all our students to arrive in school before 8:40am. For any student who arrives after 8:40am, we operate a ‘late gate’ and students will receive a sanction.

As a parent, I can help by:

As a school, we will help by:

As a student, I can help by:

Contacting the school when your child will be absent.

Following up on every absence ensuring that no absence goes un-noted.

Attending school every day, on time, to give you the very best chance of success.

Booking doctors and dentist appointments outside of school hours.

Acknowledging and rewarding good attendance and punctuality.

Taking part in the inter-year attendance and punctuality competitions.

Supporting your child to attend as often as possible by reminding them on the importance of school attendance

Reminding parents and students about the importance of attendance and how it is measured against attainment.


Ensuring your child arrives at school by 8:40am each morning.

Letting parents know if we have concerns regarding their child’s attendance and punctuality.


Arriving just 5 minutes late every day equals missing 3 days of education over the whole year. Arriving half an hour late every day is equivalent to 18 days absence.

The school day begins at 8.40 a.m.

AM Registration is at 8.40 a.m. in Tutor Period / PM Registration is at 12.20 PM in lesson 4, even though we register students in every lesson, but the AM/PM registrations are the statutory times reported to the Local Authority and Department for Education.

We do understand that on some occasion’s children may be ill and unable to attend school. Please contact us at these times and provide a written reason for absence on your child's return to school. This can be recorded in their student planner. Notes should be brought to your child’s form tutor in the first instance then to Student Services.

The school will follow up all absences via Parent Contracts. Where necessary, cases are referred to the Education Entitlement Service (EES) for legal action to be considered.

Student Attendance Officers: Mrs Julie Williams and Miss Christina Vink
Email: attendance@kingsthorpecollege.org.uk
ABSENCE HOTLINE: 01604 716106

We thank you for your continued support in ensuring your child attends school every day, so they can achieve their obvious potential.

Download a copy of our Attendance and Punctuality leaflet.

Last updated: 14 Mar 2021