At Barbara Priestman Academy, we expect all students to attend regularly to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. Regular attendance and educational attainment are inextricably linked. We recognize that regular attendance is essential for good learning and continual progress and ensures that students get the best possible outcomes from their period in compulsory education. All academy staff will work with students and their families to ensure each student attends regularly and punctually.

We expect all of our students to aspire to 100% attendance and appreciate the full support of parents and carers in encouraging this.

Please read our Attendance Policy carefully.

BPA Attendance Policy


What to do if your child is absent

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please ring the academy on (0191) 5536000 and report their absence to the Business Support staff in the main office before 9am. 


Sickness and Diarrhoea

The school follows the Northumberland Tyne and Wear Health Protection Unit (HPU) guidelines which state:

‘A child should not return  following a bout of diarrhoea and sickness until they are symptom free for 48 hours tominimise the risk of a recurrence.

Barbara Priestman Academy also follow further guidelines set by the Centre for Disease Control andPrevention as directed by the Local Authority, which also clearly states:

‘Swimmers who are sick with Diarrhoea or have been sick in the last 2 weeks risk contaminating pool water withgerms’

Even if a pool is well maintained, certain germs that cause Diarrhoea can live from minutes to days in pools.This is why the academy does not allow students to access the swimming pool for 14 days after a bout ofdiarrhoea.

Term Time Holidays

As you may be aware the Department of Education has announced that as from 1st September 2013 Headteachers will no longer be able to grant permission for any leave of absence for students (including holidays) during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances, this includes any holidays already booked. If you do wish to make a request for time off during term time, this should be done in writing, completing the form below and returning to the academy office. 

Holiday Request form

Sunderland City Council have teamed up with Hays Travel to offer you the opportunity of saving 10% off your next holiday, as long as it is during the correct school breaks.

The scheme is open to parents and carers of nursery, primary and secondary school pupils to reduce the cost of your holiday and ensure your children are in school as much as possible.

If you wish to take advantage of the scheme, please download and  Hays Travel discount voucher [2.84MB].

Fill in your details and take it along to your child’s school for authorisation. Then, you can pop into your local branch of Hays Travel to choose your holiday.

Planned Hospital Visits

Please complete the form to inform us of any planned hospital visits as early as possible and where possible the length of recovery time at home. We will use this information to support you and your child and where appropriate provide work for your child to complete at home.

Planned Hospital Visits