KIRKLEES has the lowest rate of unauthorised absence in West Yorkshire, figures show.
But the statistics reveal some pupils are taking an average of 12 full days off and its believed families seeking cheap holidays out of term time is one of the reasons.
The figures released by the Department for Education cover last years attendance records.
They show unauthorised absence at Kirklees primary schools was 0.63% below the West Yorkshire average of 0.74% and the national average of 0.67%. There were 28,643 pupils.
Unauthorised absence among secondary school pupils in the borough is 1.16% below the West Yorkshire average 1.85% and national average of 1.45%. There were 40,363 pupils.
Authorised absence rates were much higher in Kirklees 5.04% of primary school pupils took time off, above the average of 4.65%.
The figure was higher for secondary school pupils 5.56% compared with a West Yorkshire average of 5.49%.
John Edwards, assistant director for learning, said: These figures highlight our commitment to tackling the issue of unauthorised absence.
This is a national problem but, working closely with our local schools, we have prioritised ways to reduce the figures and we work very hard to improve our performance.
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We put a lot of emphasis on supporting schools who have pupils in the category of persistent absence.
Pupils are increasingly aware of their attendance levels as, clearly, there are major disadvantages in being absent from school not just in terms of educational attainment but also in harming their future opportunities.
Of Kirklees primary schools, Headfield CofE in Dewsbury had the highest overall absence rate with 12,608 sessions (two per day) missed out of 580 pupils.
Whitcliffe Mount Business and Enterprise College, also in Dewsbury, had the highest overall absence record for a secondary school, with 1,153 pupils taking 29,809 sessions off.
Mr Edwards added: Schools implement a whole raft of steps, such as first day calling, letters home, meeting with parents and issuing contracts.
We provide support to families and, where necessary, we will prosecute parents who dont co-operate with either the school or the council.
This work is important to the council and local schools and it reflects our priority of enhancing life chances for young people.
We are pleased to have the lowest figures in West Yorkshire, but we will not lose our focus on this area.
Nationally, across all state schools, 184,020 pupils were classed as persistent absentees in 2009/10, down from 208,380 in 2008/09. There were 47,510 persistent absentees in primaries in 2009/10 and 128,210 in secondary schools.
The most common reason for absence is still illness. Holidays are the second most commonly reported reason for absence, accounting for 0.56% of days missed. Of those, one in four were not authorised by the school.
On average, a primary school pupil missed just under eight days of school in 2009/10, while a secondary school pupil missed around 10 days on average and a special school pupil missed just over 14 days.
The figures show 6.38% of all pupils missed no time off school in 2009/10.