Leeds English Language School expects all students to attend all classes. The reasons for this are:
- Regular attendance is the best way to make progress
- Classes often follow a progressive pattern with revision/review from previous lessons
- Low attendance is disruptive to your teacher and classmates
- Low attendance may mean you will need to continue at the same level
- Low attendance can affect future visa and university applications
Leeds English Language School expects at least 85% attendance from all students throughout their time at the school. If you have any problems that make it difficult for you to maintain good attendance, you must inform the school as soon as possible.
The following reasons can be accepted and marked as authorised absence if you inform the school in advance, or as soon as it is possible to do so:
- illness (with a doctor’s note) (marked as S (Sick))
- doctor, hospital, or dentist appointments (marked as R (Reason))
- university or school appointments (marked as R)
- embassy appointments (marked as R)
- family illness or emergency (marked as R)
- IELTS exam (exam only) (marked as R)
- holiday (when permission has been given by the school and you have been issued with a confirmation letter) (marked as H)
- religious observance (marked as RO)
In these cases, your absence from school will not affect your overall attendance percentage. However, the total number of hours of authorised absence or holiday will be shown on your end-of-course report.
In cases where you do not inform the school of your absence, or where the reason is not considered sufficient, you will be marked as A (Absent). In these cases, your absence from school will affect your overall attendance percentage. Also, the total number of hours of unauthorised absence will be shown on your end-of-course report.
Students who have low attendance during their studies – below 85% – without good reason may be subject to our disciplinary procedures. For sponsored students, the embassy will be informed.
Lateness and punctuality
In the UK, being late is considered rude and disrespectful to the teacher and your classmates. As you are studying in the UK, it is important you understand this.
It is essential that lessons can start on time and it is your responsibility to arrive on time. If you arrive late to class then other students are disturbed and the teacher will be interrupted. This can mean it is difficult for them to meet the high standard we expect in the classroom.
All classes start at 9.00 am and we expect all students and all teachers to be on time. You will be allowed into class until 9.05 am and will be marked as being present. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be asked to wait in the common room until 9.15 am, when a member of staff will take you into class. This means that the teachers and your classmates will only be disturbed once. If you are more than 15 minutes late to the first lesson, you will be unable to attend and will be asked to wait for the next lesson to start. If you are late on a regular basis, you may be subject to our disciplinary procedures.
You should only be late in exceptional circumstances. All students should be ready to study at 9.00 am prompt.
- If you are on time, and up to 9.05, you will be marked as / (Present)
- If you arrive after 9.05 and before 9.15 you will be marked as L (Late)
- If you arrive after 9.15 you will not be allowed into the first class under any circumstance and will be marked as A (Absent)
- For lessons two and three (10.45, 1.00), you can enter up to five minutes after the start (up to 10.50, 1.05) but after this you will not be allowed to enter class.
You should not be more than 5 minutes late for the second or third lesson.
If you are absent for more than 3 days without contacting the school, or if we have been unable to contact you, we will contact your embassy (if appropriate), and/or your emergency contact or next of kin. We need to know that you are safe and well. The school has a duty of care to you as a student during your time at the school and in Leeds.
Updated August 2019