Westleigh Attendance



We would like all students to attend school for more than 98% + of the time. We know that high attendance and achieving academic potential are linked. Punctuality is also very important at the school. All students must arrive on time and be ready for learning with the correct equipment, e.g. pencil case, PE kit and planner for year 7. For students who have not had breakfast this is available in the canteen from 7.30am – 8.15am.



The start of the school day

All students should arrive on the school site by 8:20am - any student arriving between 8:25am and 8:45am will be marked as late. Any student arriving after 8:45am will be marked as Unauthorised Late; this is when the school closes its register. All students arriving late will make up the time by attending a 20 or 30 minute late detention at the end of the school day. A phone call and or text messages will be sent out informing parents/carers of their child’s late.


Should your child be too ill to attend the school would you please contact us on the first day of absence where ever possible before 8:20am, tel no: 0844 239 3341.  Please keep us informed of your child’s progress. If you expect your child to be absent will you please send in evidence of medication prescribed by your doctor or hospital. The school has a right to request evidence of illness or appointments to authorise the absence. This can be the school medical card stamped by your G.P or a letter from your G.P or medical centre. Should we not receive medical evidence absences will be noted as unauthorised. Where attendance levels are of concern and monitoring is in place, medical evidence will be required for all absences. Telephone calls are made to every parent/carer of a student who is absent from the school every morning. If we cannot make contact, a text message will be sent. In some cases a follow up home visit may be made by the school Attendance Officer.




Holiday Leave in term time

The school closes for 70 days of holidays each academic year and we expect all parents/carers will take their family holidays whilst the school is closed. Any parent wanting to take their child on a leave of absence from school should inform the Headteacher in writing. The application will be looked at on an individual basis and you will be informed by letter of the outcome. However, it is highly unusual to grant leave of absence during term time. Any holiday or leave taken without permission from the Headteacher will be unauthorised and legal action may be sought from the Local Authority.

Persistent Absence

If we have tried and your child’s absence continues to be a problem, this is called Persistent Absence.

  • Any child who has 3 days absence or 6 *sessions in a 30 day period
  • Any child who has below 91% absence

* session equivalent of a half day in school; if our efforts have not had an effect then you will be asked to attend a meeting with the Attendance Officer


Why is high attendance important to my child's education?


As a parent/carer you want the best for your children. Having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life. Did you know that:

  • a child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life
  • 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all
  • poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
  • at least 1 million children take at least one half day off a year without permission
  • 7.5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence.

GCSEs may seem a long way off for you and your child but all absence at any stage leads to gaps in your child’s learning. This in turn can:

  • mean that they fall behind in work
  • affect their motivation
  • affect their enjoyment of learning
  • lead to poor behaviour
  • affect their desire to attend school regularly
  • affect their confidence in school
  • mean they miss out on the social life of school and extra curricular opportunities and experiences
  • affect their ability to have or keep friendships



Where can I get information, advice and assistance from regarding my child’s school attendance?



Page updated: 08/12/2016