Attendance Information for Parents/Carers

Important information for parents/carers regarding attendance and punctuality, including procedures, timetables and expectations.

We strive for 100% attendance and punctuality, and celebrate high attendance through rewards and trips.

One of the most important things you can do for your child’s future is make sure they attend school. By ensuring full attendance you are helping your child to achieve the very best they can.

Learn more by downloading our attendance documents above, which cover all you need to know about attendance and punctuality at Whalley Range 11-18 High School.

The directive from The Department for Education has stated that schools are unable to authorise holidays during term time.

Attendance Policies

For the latest ‘Attendance and Punctuality Policy’ and our ‘Attendance and Punctuality Procedures’, please visit our policies page directly.

Top Tips for Improving Attendance, Punctuality and Progress

  • Take pride in helping your daughter establish good habits and routines
  • Let your daughter know that you think attendance and good time keeping are important and it is not right to miss school
  • Get involved with school by attending events such as Parent’s Evening
  • Ask your daughter if she is happy at school. Is she bored? Is she struggling to make friends? Contact us if this is a concern
  • Take an interest in your daughter’s work – ask about her day and praise her for things she has done well
  • Make sure your daughter arrives on time – late arrival is disruptive to all and will put her behind on her work from the start of the day
  • Check homework is done and get bags, PE kit and uniform ready the night before
  • Stick to a strict regular bedtime – 9 hours’ sleep is recommended
  • Give your daughter fruit and vegetables every day and encourage her to exercise
  • If your daughter says she is poorly, ask yourself if a day off is really needed – challenge minor ailments which may soon pass
  • Arrange medical appointments in school holidays or for after school. If this is not possible aim for the start/end of the day and make sure your daughter is in school for as much time as possible
  • Stay in touch with us during periods of absence and be willing to show evidence of reasons for time off such as prescriptions and doctor’s notes
  • Do not book family holidays in term time, not even if they overlap just a day or two – your daughter’s education is more important
  • Engage positively with school staff if you are contacted and when concerns are raised
  • Encourage reading at home; have newspapers, magazines or books available or consider joining a library
  • Consider a self-referral for Early Help support from the Council or contact school to arrange this for you

If you are having difficulties getting your daughter to attend regularly or on time then talk to a member of staff (0161 860 2999) and ask for help.

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

If you believe something is missing or should be removed from the list below, please let us know.

Greater Manchester Education Trust logo Chartered College of Teaching Institutional Member 2023/24 badge Cyber Essentials Certified logo
FFT National Attendance Award 2023/24 logo One Education Reading Award Gold logo Confederation of School Trusts logo Educate Awards Winner 2019 logo SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards 2018 logo SSAT Effective Learning Behaviour logo SSAT Climate for Learning logo Manchester United Foundation logo The Duke of Edinburgh logo The Cultural Diversity Standards logo The Schools Co-operative Society logo School Achievement Award logo Sport England logo Leading Edge Partnership Programme logo The Quality in Careers Standard logo Healthy Schools Manchester logo Basic Skills Quality Mark logo Whalley Range Sixth Form logo