Doctors and dentists:
If you need to take your child for an appointment please try to get an appointment before or after school. We know this isn’t always possible so please take your child out of school for the appointment – not the whole day! Ensure your child has the appointment card with them to show to their form tutor and the receptionist when they sign out of school.

Long term illness:
The school may ask for medical evidence from your GP if your child is ill for a long time or has regular time off school due to illness.

From 1 September 2013, schools are no longer allowed to authorise any requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time. Please have a look at the letter below for further details.

Can only be granted in exceptional circumstances (a holiday would not be considered exceptional). Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the DfE have told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken. There is an absence in term time form below to use to make a request.

Religious observance:
The Headteacher may authorise up to two days per year.

Persistent absentees:
If your child’s attendance falls below 90% (the government’s number, not ours) you will be referred to the Attendance Service. Parent/carers do sometimes end up in court and may receive fines of up to £1,000.


We know you’re busy but concerned so we like to text you if your child is late or absent. You can text a reply instead of writing or ringing (u cn txt spk if u wnt!). You might get a text about a detention, a special event or a reminder. If you’d rather not receive text messages you can simply tell us and we will bother you in some other way you might prefer.

Biometric System

This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education. It explains the legal duties schools and sixth-form colleges have if they wish to use biometric information about students for the purposes of using automated biometric recognition systems.

The duties on schools in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 set out in this advice come into effect from 1 September 2013.

Schools and colleges using automated biometric recognition systems, or planning to install them, are advised to plan, in advance, to make arrangements to notify parent/carers and obtain the consent required under the new duties, as set out in the body of this advice. This will be particularly relevant for schools where students are already enrolled and using automated biometric recognition systems. There will be no circumstances in which a school or college can lawfully process, or continue to process, a students' biometric data without having notified each parent/carer of a child and received the necessary consent after the new duties come into effect.

This advice replaces Becta guidance on biometric technologies in schools.

Sixth-form colleges and 16-19 academies are covered by this advice. Separate advice will be issued by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to cover further education (FE) institutions with students under 18 years of age.

Please download the required consent form and information booklet below:



Biometrics technology is an irrefutable verification or identification of a person by various physiological characteristics, which cannot be transferred or copied.

Biometric authentication measures the unique, invariable biological characteristics of an individual. One of the most common biometrics used today is fingerprint information.

The biometric information is captured during enrollment and translated into a template, which is stored for subsequent authentication. The template is then stored in the database or on the server. During authentication, the biometric information is captured and compared against the stored template. If the user is valid, the two templates will match, and authentication is achieved.

Biometric image capture normally uses a pattern recognition algorithm as the basis for its fingerprint authentication systems. This algorithm processes the entire fingerprint image, rather than simply selecting a limited number of minutiae points. This means that pattern recognition algorithms are more robust as they are not significantly affected by the loss of information when a finger is scarred, damaged, or dirty.

Every time a Fingerprint is presented to the sensor, it will be compared to the appropriate algorithm in the data base.


The clue is in the name! We expect our students to record their homework, after school activities, timetable, their targets and achievements and a parent/carer signature every week. It’s as quick as texting to a teacher, so watch out for comments and autograph weekly please!

Injury and Illness

The school is sympathetic to students during a period of treatment following a significant injury/illness. We are especially appreciative of the considerable efforts of such students (and their parents/carers) to attend school and carry on with ordinary routines as much as possible. However, please be aware that Insurance and Health and Safety considerations necessitate that students returning to school in these circumstances must adhere to the following protocol:

  • Before the student may return to school after a significant injury/illness a certificate/letter must be obtained from the GP/hospital giving consent to attend school
  • Any student using crutches, or with significant mobility issues, will require a risk assessment to be completed before they may be readmitted to school. The risk assessment needs to be agreed with their parent/carer
  • Arrangements are to be made with the school to discuss how and when the student will return to school. An appointment may be made at a convenient time to see a member of staff in the Student Support Centre by phoning us on 01943 872315 option 2 or emailing the school on
  • Please note that students may not return to school until this meeting has been held
    This Protocol is without prejudice to any student with a long-term disability and who is subject to a personal
    health plan in the school

Should you have any further queries please contact Reception. Thank you for your cooperation.

Key Policies

Read our policies to see what you can expect in advance

Behaviour Policy

Attendance Helpline

0113 2146240

Aireborough Attendance


Child Missing Education Team

0113 2475276

Making a Complaint

It is in the best interests of students, parent/carers and schools to work together and maintain good relations. However, there may be an occasion when you want to raise a complaint with your child’s school. All schools have a complaint policy and many welcome complaints as an important source of feedback.