Attendance and Punctuality

At Winterhill, we expect all our students to maintain an attendance figure of 95%+

At Winterhill School, attendance and punctuality is key to effective learning, progress and ensuring our students are able to reach their full potential. 


Excellent attendance is 95% and above. 


Therefore, 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. And, of course, we monitor and review the attendance of all our students constantly.

Logically, if students are not in school, they are not learning and thereby allowing their potential grades to suffer.  


The process of education is life long; we build on what we already know and therefore, if a student decides not to attend 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. As a result, the school is very unlikely to authorise absence for these reasons.

Attendance over one school year...


If your son or daughter had:-

98% attendance = 4 days absent from school

95% attendance = 10 days absent from school

90% attendance = 4 weeks absent from school

85% attendance = 5 ½ weeks absent from school

80% attendance = 7 ½ weeks absent from school

Platinum awards are given when students have exceptional attendance.

Being Punctual & Prepared

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 during Period 1. 


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.