Attendance & Punctuality

We have very high expectations for our students’ attendance and punctuality. Our target for attendance is 97% – a high target, above the Ofsted bracket for Outstanding. We have set this ambitious target because regular attendance is a crucial factor to every student’s educational development and ability to achieve their full potential. Irregular attendance leads to educational disadvantage and also places children at risk.

Punctuality is also vital in ensuring no learning time is lost. The school is open from 8am and all students must be in school by 8.40am. We expect students to arrive at line-up promptly at 8.40am so they are present for important notices that may be given at this time.

All queries about attendance should be emailed to, or you can call the attendance officer Loretta Bleau on 020 7313 5800.

KAA hopes that parents and staff work in partnership to ensure the good attendance and punctuality of its students. The following points and procedures clarify the precise responsibilities of each:


1. Every student is set a target of 97% attendance.

2. Parents are asked to limit their children’s absences to cases of real illness and under no circumstances will requests for holiday in term time be granted. However, it is acknowledged that there may be special circumstances where a parent feels that their child needs to be taken out of school. In these circumstances, parents should write to the Principal, requesting absence, clearly stating the reasons for the proposed absence. He will then consider the circumstance and write in response. Where the decision is taken to refuse permission, the absence will remain unauthorised should the parent ignore this. In addition, the Academy will also refer the matter to the EWO attached to the Academy.

3. Appointments for doctors, dentists, opticians etc., should be made out of school hours, wherever possible. If your child has a medical appointment we need at least 24 hours notice of this in writing in order to authorise the absence. Students must bring a note from their parents / carers in advance of the date along with a letter of appointment from their doctor or hospital to show to their Director of Learning. If the Director of Learning agrees with the necessity to miss school then they will countersign the letter and the student will present that at student reception where they will need to sign out. Reception will retain the letter and place in student file. It must be noted this will count towards an authorised absence.

4. Parents are reminded that arrival after the register closes is recorded as absent for that session.  Punctuality is therefore very important, and arrivals after close of register will be treated in the same way as absence. In other words, parents will have to provide a letter explaining the reason for the absence.

5. On the first day of absence parents are expected to contact the school by telephone, by 8.30am that day. For calls made before 8am please leave a voicemail. The child should be given a letter to pass to the form tutor on the first day of their return. This letter is a legal requirement. Where parents do not do this, the academy will contact the parents by text or phone call to ask them why their child is absent.

6. Any absence of 3 days or more without communication from home will be followed up immediately by either form tutors or the Assistant Principal contacting parents.

7. The academy will send letters of concern to students whose attendance falls below 90%.

8. There will be a 100% attendance raffle every half term. All students who have 100% attendance for that half term are included and one name is drawn and a voucher is awarded to that student.

9. Every half term the average attendance for each house is calculated and House points are then be distributed accordingly to reward good attendance and punctuality.


1. Students must be at line-up promptly at 8.40am.

2. If students arrive after 8.45am they must sign in at reception. Their planner will be stamped with a late stamp.

3. The first instance of lateness will result in a lunchtime detention.

4. Two instances of lateness in a week will result in a Friday detention.

6. Persistently late students may be put on report for punctuality, resulting in an enrichment detention for each instance of lateness.