Attendance and Punctuality

Be ready to learn

Attendance and achievement are closely linked. Low attendance can be an indicator that there may be circumstances either at school or at home which need to be addressed.



  • Students are required to attend regularly. Stanley Park High students should aim for attendance of 100%.
  • Contact is required from parents in the event of absence. See above for contact details.
  • Lessons start at 8.30am. Students should arrive fully prepared for school and ready to learn by 8.20am. Same day detentions are given to students who arrive late with no acceptable explanation received from parent.

Reasons for Absence in Term Time

Medical appointments – non urgent medical appointments should be made outside of school hours where possible. If such an appointment is necessary please try to arrange that your child leaves school at a lesson changeover time to ensure minimal disruption. Minor medical appointments do not warrant a full day of absence and attendance is expected before and/or after the appointment where possible. Please produce dental or medical appointment letters when possible.

Absence due to illness – Please contact the school as early as possible on the first day of absence. On the day of return students should give a letter to their tutor to cover the whole period of absence or send an email and copy in Attendance. In the event of absence of 3 days or more please keep the Attendance Office updated.

Other absence – Absence in term time for other reasons cannot be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Penalty Notices are issued for poor attendance and unauthorised holiday absence.

Please remember that term time is for 40 weeks of the year. Students have 12 weeks of half term and end of term breaks. Absence during term time should only be in the event of illness or injury.

The Attendance Officer is always available to discuss any issues which may affect our students’ attendance.

Attendance Diamond


All our students are expected to aim for attendance in the Green and Yellow groups.

Students with attendance in the other groups and below 95% are at a serious risk of underachievement.

Parents will be updated every half term with students’ attendance percentage so that any problems can be identified as early as possible.

Students with attendance below 90% are deemed persistently absent and referrals are made to the Borough School Attendance Service if our interventions fail to bring a sustained improvement. Penalty Notices can be issued for cases of poor attendance.

Top Attendance Tips

  • Always prepare the night before school –  pack schoolbag with necessary equipment for the next day, check homework has been completed and ensure uniform is ready.
  • Monitor and restrict access to social media, phones and tablets. These devices should also be switched off at least one hour before sleep.
  • Have regular bedtimes at a reasonable time.
  • Be aware of your child’s timetable and look out for any signs of reluctance to attend on specific days.
  • Contact the Attendance Office if you have any concerns or questions.

Try to stay healthy

  • Encourage students to have breakfast before leaving for school. Porridge is available at the canteen prior to the start of school.
  • No energy drinks are permitted in school and we appreciate parents support to encourage our students to make healthy choices.
  • Drink water and hydrate during the school day.
  • Wash hands often and certainly before eating and having used the toilet.
  • Take a walk in school grounds during lunchtime and get some fresh air, especially during the Summer Term.

It is our joint responsibility as parents, teachers, support staff and the wider community to equip our young people with the life skills they need to thrive at school and cope with the expectations of future education and life beyond. Your support and encouragement to adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle will help build both physical and emotional strength and resilience as our students move through the years at Stanley Park High.