Attendance and Punctuality


School Attendance target 

95% or above


Attendance and Punctuality expectations

At Winterhill School we recognise that attending school regularly and on time has a positive impact on learning, progress and therefore the best life chances for our students. Excellent attendance and punctuality is the key for our student’s success. Therefore, we must ensure that attendance and punctuality are the highest they possibly can be in order to prepare our students for their future adult life. In line with the Government and Local Authority Guidelines, we expect all our students to maintain an attendance level of 95% and above. It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, staff, students and governors to ensure they achieve this. Therefore, we monitor and review the attendance of all our students constantly. We encourage excellent attendance and punctuality for all students, by offering an environment in which our students feel valued and part of the school community.

Why is attendance so important and how is it linked to attainment?

Logically if students are not in school, they are not learning and thereby allowing their potential grades to suffer.  What might seem insignificant as they lounge on the sofa on a day off school is that if they are not genuinely ill they should be in school and working their hardest towards achieving their best, no matter what year group they are in. The process of education is life long and we build on what we already know and therefore, if they skip school they are damaging their future. Each year there are 190 school days which leaves 175 days for holidays, shopping, birthday treats and non-urgent medical and dental appointments. Therefore the school is very unlikely to authorise absence for these reasons.

As mentioned earlier our School Attendance Target is 95% or above, therefore, if your son/daughter attends for at least 95% of one school year they will have had less than 10 days absence.

Attendance over one school year

If your son or daughter had:-

98% attendance = less than 4 days absent from school

95% attendance = less than 10 days absent from school

90% attendance = less than 4 weeks absent from school

85% attendance = 5 ½ weeks absent from school

80% attendance = 7 ½ weeks absent from school



What is good attendance? Let’s take a closer look.


Everyone is genuinely ill at some point and this may lead students to miss a day or two of school, which is permissible, but that should be a very rare occurrence.

Attendance percentages are not like examination results: an attendance percentage needs to be in the high 90’s before it can be considered good. Consider the following example:-






The Greater the Attendance (95% or above)


 The Greater the Achievement (5+ A*- C including English and Maths)




Why is Punctuality Important?

Being on time:

• gets your day off to a good start and puts you in a positive frame of mind, so that you can make the most of your learning opportunities.

• sets positive patterns for the future. You can't expect to keep a job if you're always coming in late;


• leads to a good attendance record and means you don’t miss any morning notices;

• leads to better achievement because you attend the WHOLE of all of your classes;

• leads to understanding that school is important and education is valuable;

• helps you develop a sense of responsibility for yourself and towards others and is a sign of good character;

  • is respectful to your teacher and to your classmates and builds good habits for later in life when your employer pays you to be on time;

• is very important indeed. Research shows that attendance and punctuality are the single most important factors in school success


At Winterhill School all students  are expected to be in school in good time for registration. There is a warning bell sounded at 8.35am, then the registration bell at 8.40am when the register is taken promptly. Morning registration finishes at 8.55am

What happens if a student is late?

• Our Attendance Officer meets all students at the Student entrtance every morning

• Students who arrive after 8.40am are questioned as to why they are late and have their names recorded by the Attendance Officer

• When a student is late a text message will be sent home informing parents or carers.

• If a student is late twice in any one week, then they will recieve a 30 minute after school detention

• If a student fails to attend the detention, it will roll over into a one hour detention and parents or carers will be informed

• If lateness persisits then the school will make contact with home and try to resolve the issue offering support and or advice as required






Helpful Information for Students, Parents and Carers.


Below are a number of Links which provide important information on Attendance and Punctuality.

Please take the time to look through so that you can view for yourself the positive work that is going on in Winterhill School.

  School Policies and Procedures Parents and Carers Section
  Student Section Additional Information


Should you require any further information or have any queries then please call the school  (01709 740232) and ask to speak with:

 Mrs C Bannister (Attendance Officer) Or Mrs C Bradshaw ( Schools Attendance Welfare Officer)