Linlithgow Academy will positively work with pupils and families to ensure that each pupil attends regularly and punctually.

Good attendance and engagement are linked to higher levels of participation, attainment and ultimately future opportunities. The impact of non-attendance and non-engagement significantly increases gaps in knowledge and understanding and the likelihood of young people leaving school without securing a positive destination. For some, life presents particular challenges which may impact negatively on attendance and engagement. Attendance at school therefore requires to be approached within the wider Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach, considering the holistic needs of the child/young person.

Attendance at school is important to enable children and young people to fulfil their potential and for them to have the best possible start in life.

Absence from school, whatever the cause disrupts learning and impacts negatively on the life chances of our young people. Linlithgow Academy follows West Lothian Council's Attendance Policy which recognises the need for all students to engage fully in their education and promotes attendance through a positive and supportive approach.

Parents/carers should inform the school as soon as possible on the first day of their son/daughter's absence. If possible an estimate of the likely length of the absence should be given. If the school is not contacted then a Group Call will be sent. Parents/carers will be responsible for providing and updating contact telephone numbers for use by the Group Call system. Parents/carers should respond promptly to contacts from the school. Follow up phone calls will be made if there is no response to Group Call messages.

Please communicate with the Pastoral Support Team at the school if there are any concerns regarding your child's attendance or time keeping or if you are experiencing problems getting them to attend.

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The aim of our school attendance procedures are to:


•       ensure we follow the agreed West Lothian policy  West Lothian ATTENDANCE AND ENGAGEMENT AT SCHOOL: POLICY AND OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window) ' to improve overall attendance and punctuality of all pupils at Linlithgow Academy 

•       make good attendance and punctuality a priority for all those associated with our school including parents, children, teachers and support staff and partner agencies enabling all our children to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors;

•       ensure consistency in dealing with all issues of attendance and absence;

•       ensure the accurate recording of pupils' attendance and absence in accordance with Scottish Government guidance.


Some of your Attendance related questions are answered below