Nigel Bowes Academy considers consistent, regular and punctual attendance as essential in enabling pupils to achieve their maximum potential.

If a pupil is too unwell to attend school then parents/carers must notify the Academy on the first day of absence before 09:00. Please give sufficient detail in order that the exact “type” of absence can be recorded in the school register eg. “illness” or “hospital appointment”.

Senior Leaders, Family Liaison Officer and the Learning Support Team meet weekly to review the attendance of all pupils and enable early identification and intervention where there are presenting attendance issues. Where attendance concerns are raised parents/carers can expect the following process;

  1. Telephone call/letter home to raise concerns.
  2. School meeting involving Family Liaison Officer / Learning Support Team.
  3. Formal planning meeting to draw up a parenting contract.

We work closely with pupils and their parents/carers to improve attendance levels. However, should a pupil’s attendance fail to improve the Academy may use the following legal powers available to enforce school attendance;

In light of recent legislation, Nigel Bowes Academy as a rule is unable to support family holidays in school time. In exceptional circumstances the Academy may be able to grant permission.