Good Attendance Matters


Attendance and punctuality are vitally important at The Joseph Whitaker School. High levels of attendance provide students with the very best chance of academic success.


Ideally, we would like all of our students to attain 100% attendance, however it is accepted that occasionally students will be ill or have to attend appointments that are beyond their control. This means it is vitally important that students’ attendance is high to absorb these periods of potential absence. Students find it difficult to catch up with missed school work. As evidence shows that the students with the highest attendance throughout their time in school gain the best GCSE and A Level results. You can monitor your child’s attendance through EduLink, our on-line App.


The illustration below offers an insight into the importance of high attendance and the impact that this can positively have on your child’s future academic success.

The Joseph Whitaker School 2022

Good school attendance gives your child enormous benefits and advantages: they can develop close friendships, make excellent progress in their learning, and not miss out on any educational or social experiences. It develops good habits for life, and shows you respect and value their education. I would therefore be grateful if you could ensure that your child is in school as much as possible during the academic year.


If your child requires a routine medical appointment, please could I ask that you make these appointments whenever possible, during the school holidays or after the school day, this will help reduce the impact on missed learning. It is your responsibility to inform the school of any absence. A dedicated absence line is available before 8.00am. We would ask that we are informed no later than 9.00am.  Where absence is sickness related, school will require medical certification, particularly where the absence lasts a few days.


Punctuality is equally important and as such we would like you to encourage your child to be at school on time. We would expect students to be ready for line-up at 8.28a.m.

All school gates are locked at 8.30am and students arriving after this time will be recorded as arriving late. Should this occur three times a student will be issued with a 30-minute centralised detention.


Top Tips for being on Time

  • establish good bedtime routines so your child has enough sleep, and doesn’t struggle to get out of bed in the morning
  • invest in a good alarm clock!
  • establish good morning routines
  • make sure they have breakfast
  • prepare lunches and snacks the night before
  • put out uniform the night before
  • pack school bags the night before – you don’t want to be searching for musical instruments, books/book bags or PE kit in the morning!
  • leave bag and shoes near the front door
  • get into the habit of completing home learning in the evening instead of trying to complete at the breakfast table
  • keep keys in the same place so they are easy to find
  • build in a ‘time buffer’, leaving home in plenty of time in case of delays in the journey.


Should you have any queries regarding attendance, please contact Mrs Baggaley- Attendance and Family Support Manager or a member of the safeguarding team.