Attendance

Procedures regarding Attendance and Leave during Term Time

Regular school attendance is important and we will actively pursue the goal of regular attendance.

Please ensure you contact school by 9am if your child is going to be absent. You can report your child’s absence from school via Insight (under Attendance, Report absences), or alternatively email us on attendance@wgswitney.org.uk or telephone us on 01993 702355 on each day of absence if your son/daughter is absent. Our school has installed an automatic communication system that will contact you directly if your child is marked absent at registration. This will ensure that the reason for the absence is known as soon as possible and alert you if your child is not in school when they should be. Post-registration absences can also be detected and reported to you. 

You will have already supplied school with contact telephone numbers when your child started at the school but please make sure these are updated if they change, and where applicable include mobile and work numbers.  Please also supply an email address for us to contact you on. 

By introducing this service, our school is able to reassure you that we are meeting the Government’s recommendations in contacting you on the first day of your child's absence. It will also provide an early warning system should your child go missing from school. As always your child's safety is our main concern.

We are now texting parents about unexplained absences. 

Please try not to take children out of school in term time e.g. book medical and dental appointments for outside of school hours whenever possible, and avoid taking family holidays in term-time.  Please notify the school as soon as problems arise with your child's attendance.  

There is a clear link between achievement and attendance as detailed in this leaflet which explains the importance of good attendance.

If Parents/Carers need to request leave during term time, please use the Application for Leave of Absence during Term Time form and return it to the Attendance Officer at school.

Please refer to the WGS Attendance for Achievement Policy for more information.

Students should arrive at school by 8.25am when the bell will sound for registration.

Arriving Late

We need to be certain that your child is in or out of school for safety reasons, for example in the unlikely event of a fire.  If for any reason your child arrives later than the end of registration then he/she should go to Student Reception to sign in. If you know that your child will be late, please contact the attendance office first thing in the morning.  Similarly students leaving early for, say an appointment, should sign out at Student Reception.

We ask that you inform us of such arrangements beforehand so that the Attendance Officer is aware.