For our students to gain the greatest benefit from education it is essential that they attend school regularly and punctually. They should only be absent from school when it is absolutely necessary. Good attendance is one of the keys to success. In acknowledgement of this, attendance and punctuality is regularly reviewed and reported on, with students being rewarded for achieving 100% attendance and punctuality during a year.
Register of Attendance
All students are required to register with their form tutor twice daily: at 8.50am and at 1.50pm. Registers are also taken by teachers during each lesson. If a student does not register or sign in late, and a reason for their absence has not been provided, then they will be recorded as being absent without authorisation and an explanation for this absence will be requested. We may contact parents of any student who is absent without our knowledge.
Signing In and Out
Students must sign in and out at Reception if they need to be out of school for any reason between 9.00am and 3.40pm. In order to ensure that the register is correct, it is essential that all students sign in if they arrive after 9.10am or if for any reason they were unable to register with their form tutor that morning.
Illness and Student Absence Line
Parents should inform the school, as soon as possible on the first day of absence, but before 9.10am if a student will be absent due to illness. This should be done by contacting a member of the office staff on 0151 632 3449. A note explaining the reason for absence should be given to the form tutor upon your daughter/son’s return to school.
Medical and Dental Appointments
If a student has a pre-arranged medical or dental appointment, a parental letter must be handed to the form tutor or the office before the appointment. The student will be asked to show the letter, signed by a member of staff to the subject teacher at the time of the appointment and should sign out at reception when they leave. Wherever possible, please try to schedule appointments outside the school day.
If a student’s attendance falls below 85% they are defined by the Department of Education as ‘persistently absent’. At this level their progress and development may be significantly impaired. The case may be referred to the Education Social Worker who will contact the family and offer to visit them at home to address any concerns and offer support.
To request a Leave of Absence, please click here.
Study Leave is not a given right for all students and all Year 11 students must attend school until the final day of May half term. After May Half Term, students may be instructed to remain in school until their final examination, may be allocated to attend targeted/specific revision sessions or may be granted study leave at home. Any unauthorised absence during this period will be recorded as such. The School building is open each day from 8am-5.30pm during this period and nominated rooms are given for students to use for private study. In the Sixth Form, different arrangements exist. Year 13 are typically granted study leave in the final half term and Year 12 students are granted short periods of study leave immediately prior to each AS or Pre-U examination.
Attendance Protocols at WKGS
The School's procedures for addressing poor levels of attendance is shown below. If you have any queries concerning attendance, please contact Mrs K Cliffe, Assistant Head (Pastoral).