Attendance Expectations

Punctuality Process

Students must be punctual for the start of the school day and should be on site no later than 8.40am. Students should then travel straight to their allocated area

Should a student arrive late to school following the closure of the student entrance at 8.40am, an automatic detention for 1 hour will be issued for the end of the school day. A text informing parents/carers will automatically be generated and sent should this be the case.

Students who choose to ignore this sanction will complete a day in the Inclusion room and will complete 1 hour of restorative justice until 4pm the next day with a Pastoral Lead in addition to their current curriculum offer. A phone call to parents/carers will be given if this is the case.


If your child is going to be late or absent then please inform us before 8:30am on 0191 2656091 (Option 1)


Your responsibilities as a parent

By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive suitable full-time education.

As a parent or guardian, YOU have a legal responsibility for making sure they attend school on a regular basis.

If they do not attend, the school will make a referral to the Local Authority for consideration in relation to issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice where a child has missed 20 or more sessions within the previous 10 weeks without permission from school, or consider prosecuting you for an offence under the Education Act 1996. This may result in the Local Authority taking legal action against you in the Magistrates Court. Prosecution for failing to ensure regular attendance at school can be taken where a child is a registered pupil at a school.

Prosecutions are in accordance with Section 444 Education Act 1996.

We expect pupils of Benfield School to maintain a high standard of attendance to enable us to offer you certificates and references that will be put into their record of achievement for when they leave.

The Department for Education (DFE) has changed the law about holidays in school time. The new law states that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time other than in exceptional circumstances. Low cost travel or arrangements made by a family member are not deemed to be exceptional circumstances.

Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority will be monitoring all school absences and challenging those schools and parents that do not follow the new legislation. The local authority can fine parents for failing to ensure their child attends school.