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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.


Attendance is our biggest barrier to success, therefore it has to be our main priority.  The facts speak for themselves; when students have good attendance (96.5% plus) they fly at Armthorpe! Your children have to be at school for us to help them learn.

There is a clear correlation between attendance and attainment, Our results consistently show 7 out of 10 students with attendance of 98% or above achieve a strong pass (Grade 5) in English and Maths.

We will talk about attendance in terms of days lost throughout the year and a potential final percentage figure. This is because in any other walk of life, 95% sounds fabulous, but 95% attendance is in fact only satisfactory., as it means 7 days of learning (35 hours) have been lost. This is far too much given the school holidays we have; as adults, very few of us would have 7 days off a year!

Weekly attendance will be written into planners by students. In addition, stickers in planners will show current attendance categories based on the number of days a student has had off school.

Attendance Matters – Every Minute, Every Hour, Every Day

Minimising lost learning

Absence will only be authorised for seriously immobile or ill students, illness which confines a student to bed or a condition that leaves them housebound.  Ailments such as a cold, sore throat, tummy ache, 'feeling ill or sick' and toothache will not be authorised. It is essential that our students develop greater physical and mental resilience to help them learn that sometimes life can be challenging, but we must persevere.

If your child is feeling under the weather but attending school, please email the appropriate Head of Year and we will keep a closer eye on your child throughout the day. Communication is key. We will not be sending children home unless absolutely necessary, but we want to work with you.

Only 1/2 a day will be authorised for medical appointments unless you have evidence the appointment will take all day.

 5 days/10 sessions of unauthorised attendance allows us to initiate attendance triggers leading to potential prosecution.  We want to work with parents to ensure we do not reach this stage, so please work with us so your child is aware of the need for excellent attendance both at school and in the workplace.

All absences must be reported to the Attendance Office by 08.30 on the first day by calling the Attendance Line on 01302 831582 – ext 2 or emailing the Attendance Office at Please provide the following details:

  • Childs name
  • Year group
  • Reason for absence
  • Likely return day

If your child is absent for a second day, you must contact us. We will ring all families whose children are absent from school to look at how we can work together to get them back in the school building. If there is an issue with your child (such as friendship difficulties), please do not keep them at home; we cannot resolve issues if children are not in school.

We now have a Haven provision which can be used for a multitude of reasons to ensure students still attend school even when they are suffering from genuine physical, social or emotional issues. The Haven offers a quiet, smaller working space where bespoke plans can be made to support students access learning.

We receive fantastic support from the majority of our parents and we really appreciate this support. Please keep working hard, as together we are helping your child maximise their potential.