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Malcolm Arnold Academy

At Malcolm Arnold Academy we seek to broaden the horizons of each and every one of our students, helping them to achieve at the highest level both academically and in their talents outside the classroom.

Attendance & Progress

It is an expectation of the academy that students arrive here punctually every day and that all students will aim to achieve 100% attendance with only a handful of students taking a small amount of days per year for sickness.

Attendance is an important aspect of secondary school life and, therefore, is placed in high focus at Malcolm Arnold Academy.

Government research shows that there is a link between attainment in public examinations, and a child attendance rate – this is why we expect the vast majority of students to achieve 100% attendance over the year, with a handful of students only taking one or two days off for sickness.

What to do if your child is too sick to come to school?

On the rare occasion that your child is unable to attend school due to illness, we ask that you call our 24 hour absence line on 01604 778035 before 9am on the day of absence.

Your child’s year manager may make contact with you later on that day to discuss the absence further. Should no contact be received from home we will have no option but to code your child as an unauthorised absence.

Unauthorised Absence:

Whilst parents/carers/guardians can provide explanations for absences, it is at the Academy's discretion as to whether this will be authorised or unauthorised.

We work in partnership with Northampton County Council's Education Team (EET) of whom monitors students' unauthorised absences.

The EET have issued and are able to issue fixed penalty notices under Section 444 of the 1996 Education Act in the following circumstances:

  • A student has 10 consecutive days of unauthorised absence.
  • A student's attendance is below 85% in one academic year (10% from September 2015).
  • A parent has withdrawn their child for a holiday/leave during term time.

Term time leave:

Given advice from the DfE and the local authority, it is an expectation that no parent will request leave during term time for their child.

However, if you would like to request term time leave please complete and return this form;



Good punctuality is an excellent life-skill and we expect all our students to arrive in school before 8:35am.

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 reward good attendance and punctuality.

Participate in the inter-house competitions for attendance and punctuality.

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 8:35am each morning.

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


If you wish to discuss your child’s attendance further, or wish to seek advice regarding an attendance matter; please contact one of our Attendance Officers on 01604 778035

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