At The King's School, Attendance Matters!

At The King's School we place the upmost value and importance on attendance at school.

We want our students to have opportunities and aspirations far beyond the school gates; the best possible life chances and that starts by providing our students with the opportunities to make good friendships, developing their character through social skills, having a sense of belonging and safety as well as access to high quality teaching.

Year after year, the students with the best school attendance achieve the best results. 

All students at The King's School are set an attendance target of 97% or above.

Students with 97% attendance and above are more likely to:

  • Be appointed to a well paid job.
  • Make the best progress in their subjects.
  • Develop good habits for work and wider life.
  • Achieve higher than average grades in their GCSEs.
  • Secure a place at a college, university or a training course.
  • Maintain strong and sound friendships.

Parents, carers and families are therefore asked to ensure that their child is in school every day of term.

Attendance Process

If your child is absent from school you must telephone the Attendance team on the first day of absence before 9.00 am and provide a reason.

  • If we do not receive communication, you will receive a phone call home from our dedicated Attendance Officer.
  • A home visit may be made depending on the student’s attendance record and the nature of the absence.

Home visits will be conducted by your child's Year Leader or members of the Attendance Team if a student’s attendance is of concern. The purpose of making home visits is to have a conversation with families about their young person’s attendance, complete a safeguarding check and offer support where applicable.

Please be aware that The King's School works closely with Wakefield Council and will transfer any cases of persistently poor attendance for possible prosecution in either the Family or Magistrates court.


is our school's attendance target


days' absence in one year is the equivalent of 1 GCSE grade drop in achievement


attendance is equivalent to a student missing 4 WEEKS of school in a year

Attendance Policy

Our Attendance Policy aims to improve attendance and punctuality, and sets out how we will achieve this together. A copy of the policy can be accessed via our Policies page.


Telephone: 01977 601701

The King's School
Mill Hill Lane

The King's School
is part of Pontefract Academies Trust

Headteacher: Ms M Evans
Acting Chair of the School Performance Review Board: Mr R Amery