To give your child the very best chance in life, you need to aim for them to achieve 100% attendance and have good punctuality. Without both of these then your child’s overall achievement will be seriously affected. In preparing learners for adulthood it is essential that good habits and clear routines are quickly established.

The link between attendance and achievement shows that those who attend regularly and access high-quality teaching and learning will leave school with qualifications and access to greater employment opportunities.


On the day your child is absent from school you must contact us before 9 am. If the absence goes beyond one day you must keep the school informed of the situation and let us know when they will be returning.

Medical/Dental Appointments

Where it is possible these appointments should be made outside of the school day. If this is unavoidable then we would expect your child to be in school before or after the appointment

Unauthorised Absence

If a learner is absent from school without permission then this will be marked as unauthorised. At Trinity Academy New Bridge, we work closely with Sunderland LA Attendance team to monitor cases of persistent poor attendance. Those learners who fall into this category will be offered support from the school, however, failure to improve attendance can lead to the Attendance service taking action under government guidelines.

We use the following categories to monitor learner attendance:





Being persistently late to school can have a damaging effect on the progress of a learner. Those who are regularly late will be asked to discuss the reasons with their Tutors. If this continues to be an issue then we will contact parent/carers to arrange a meeting to see how as a school we can support to rectify this situation.

How the lost time adds up…

5 minutes late each day 3 days lost
10 minutes late each day 6.5 days lost
15 minutes late each day 10 days lost
20 minutes late each day 13 days lost
30 minutes late each day 19 days lost