CEO – Exceed Academies Trust: Mr. Duncan Jacques
Headteacher: Ms Saima Bahadur
Horton Park Primary School, Dawnay Road,
Canterbury, Bradford, BD5 9LQ



In order that the school’s aims are achieved, it is essential that pupils at tend school regularly.

Therefore, attendance is monitored and appropriate action taken to support families experiencing difficulties.

Our aim:

Improve the overall attendance of pupils at school to a level which:

Matches or exceeds the national expectation of 96%

Minimise the level of unauthorised absence.

Completion of Registers

Registers are marked in accordance with Bradford Education practice. This involves the keeping of an electronic ‘SIMs’ register.

A summary of guidance codes is shown below:

  • Official time for closure of registers is 8.40am: this is when children are marked as absent on the register.
  • The school day is from 8:40am – 3:10pm

Categories of Absence

For the purposes of this policy, absence will be referred to in one of three ways:

  1. Authorised absence
  2. Unauthorised absence

Definition of Authorised and Unauthorised Absence

Horton Park’s policy on attendance is based on the National model of School Attendance. This specifies detail relating to authorised and unauthorised absences.

A summary of reasons for authorised absence is as follows:

  • Educated off site
  • Excluded
  • Medical/dental
  • Sickness

Procedure for Parents to Inform School of Absence

All parents are asked to inform school by 8.30 a.m, if their child is not going to be attending school and for the reason of the absence. This can be done either by telephone call or by the parent in person.