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Co-op Academy Penny Oaks is committed to providing a full and effective educational experience to all pupils. 
We believe that regular and punctual attendance is essential if children are to benefit fully from their time at school.
It is a high priority for the school and impacts directly on our drive to raise standards. 
Attendance is regarded as a measure of the quality of the education offered by a school and the government expects that all primary schools should achieve a target of at least 96%.

Absence through illness

If your child is going to be absent from school, then you must contact Mrs. Spafford on 07938742883 or email

If your child has any of the following symptoms, we would still expect them in school:

  • sneezing, injury (for example leg aches), tiredness, hay fever, feeling sick (but not actually vomiting), temperature, headache, nose bleed, runny nose or a cough.

Medical Appointments

We actively encourage parents to make all medical appointments outside of school time. 

If this is not possible, ensure the school is given a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. 

Appointment letters must be shown to office staff.


Children are not allowed to take leave from school.

If you do take your child out of school then you may be prosecuted and fined £60 per child per parent.

In some cases, you could be fined £2,500 per child per parent and receive a criminal record.

Penalty Notices

As part of a current review of attendance policy we have to inform you that Bradford have tightened their restrictions on unauthorised absence. 

Parents will now be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60 per parent, per child if the child has 6 sessions (3 full days) unauthorised absence in a 6 week period.


The school doors will be open from 8.40 a.m. and the school day starts at 8.50 a.m. every day.  Children arriving after 8.50 a.m. must enter through the main entrance and their lateness will be recorded along with the reason.

Parents of children who persistently arrive late will be approached and reminded of these times and their obligation to comply. It will be explained that lateness not only interrupts their child’s education but also that of others in the class.

If a child arrives more than half an hour late, with no acceptable reason given by their parent, this will constitute an unauthorised absence.

Did you know?


Minutes late per day Number of days of learning
lost over a year
5 minutes 3.4 days
10 minutes 6.9 days
15 minutes 10.3 days
20 minutes 13.8 days
30 minutes 20.7 days