We are very proud of our attendance at Archbishop Holgate's School.  We work very hard with our students and parents in ensuring that we have good attendance and punctuality, because this is at the heart of good progress, developing social skills and friendships. Students who are good attenders succeed far better than those whose attendance is poor.   The expectation by our school is that every student strives to obtain above 95% attendance.  Students with 90% attendance have missed 3 weeks and 4 days of learning in an academic year.

We ask that help improve attendance students should…

  • Avoid medical appointments in school time, but if an appointment is unavoidable the student should attend before the appointment (if possible) and be brought back to school after their appointment.
  • Avoid taking holidays in the school terms. Any request from parents will be unauthorised unless in exceptional circumstance and parents take the risk of being issued with a Fixed Penalty Noticed.           

If you a student is absent from school parents should inform school every day that you they absent.  When a student returns to school parents must send a letter in explaining the absent.  CLICK HERE to contact us.


Absence is not accepted for:

  • Birthdays
  • Holidays
  • Shopping
  • Treats

Being on time is vital for the start of the school day and to all lessons.  If a student is 5 minutes late each day then you can miss three days of learning each year.  If they are 15 minutes late every day you can miss 2 weeks of learning each year.  Vital information and notices are given out each morning registration, students who miss these struggle for the rest of the day. 

We work very hard to support students and parents who are struggling with their attendance.  You might find support via the website links below or if you need to speak to someone please contact Mrs G Stainsby by phoning school on 01904 411341.

  • York City Council - Find out about the councils roles and policies regarding attendance
  • YorOK - A website dedicated to supporting young people

Please CLICK HERE to view our attendance policy.

Please CLICK HERE to view our attendance booklet for parents. 

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