Longfield recognises the importance of full attendance and aims to ensure that all pupils achieve and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality. We are committed to providing a full and efficient educational experience for all pupils.

Regular attendance is a prerequisite to a good education and therefore a priority for the school. The table below indicates the impact that poor attendance may have on outcomes. We urge all parents / carers to work collaboratively with the Academy to support any issues that may impact on good attendance.

If your child cannot attend school for any reason, please contact the school before 9:00am via T:01325 380815, choosing in Option 1.

Alternatively, you may email the attendance officer via


Please ensure that your child attends school on time.

If your child arrives to school after the official close of morning registration (9:15am) this may be marked as an absence and will have a significant impact on your child’s overall attendance percentage. We work closely with the Local Authority under the ‘Working Together to Support Attendance’ document. Working together to improve school attendance (

The information below illustrates the impact that punctuality can have on learning. 5 minutes late = 3.4 days missed learning

  • 10 minutes late = 6.8 days missed learning
  • 15 minutes late = 10.3 days of missed learning (50 lessons)

Only a 66% chance of achieving 5 good grades

  • 20 minutes late = 13.8 days of missed learning
  • 30 minutes late = 20.7 days of missed learning )100 missed lessons)

The average expected GCSE grade is lowered by 1 grade

Under current regulations, schools cannot authorise any holidays taken in term time unless there are “exceptional circumstances”, deemed “exceptional” by the Headteacher. If the Headteacher decides not to authorise the holiday and he intends to refer to the Local Authority for a Penalty Fine should the holiday go ahead, he will write to the parent/carer warning of his intention.

If you have any questions about attendance or would like further information, please contact the Attendance Officer, on T: 01325 348149 / E:

To view our Attendance Policy, please click the link below: 

Attendance Policies & DocumentsDownload

Pupil Leave of Absence Requests

Should you require your child to be absent from school for a pre-arranged appointment, holiday or other circumstance, please complete a Leave of Absence (LOA) Request Form and submit this to reception with any evidence you may have.

LOA approval is at the discretion of the Headteacher only. The outcome of the request will be communicated with parents via telephone / email.

Please note, holiday in term time will not be authorised unless there are mitigating circumstances and sufficient evidence is supplied.

Please download the Pupil Leave of Absence Form via the link below:

Absence Forms Policies & DocumentsDownload
Longfield Academy Pupil Leave of Absence Request FormDownload

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

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