Attendance & Puncuality

At Sale High School we are dedicated to working with students and their families to secure excellent punctuality and attendance. National average attendance is 95% and we are work hard to ensure that wherever possible our student’s attendance is in line with or exceeding this figure. We believe that regular school attendance is the key to enabling young people to maximise the educational opportunities available to them and become emotionally resilient, confident and competent adults.



Every day a student misses school, a total of five hours of learning is lost and whilst we understand that illness can’t always be avoided, just a few days of absence can have a huge impact on a child’s attendance figure and their education as a whole.

We use the ‘attendance diamond’ as a way of assessing where students are in terms of their attendance and the possible impact this may have on their achievement.

    Green 97-100% No risk
    Yellow 95-96.9% Slight Risk of underachievement
    Amber 93-94.9% Some risk of underachievement
    Pink 90-92.9% Serious risk of underachievement
    Red Below 90% Severe risk of underachievement


    Students should be their form room at 8.50 each morning.
    If they are late to form they will be marked in with an ‘L’ and parents/carers will be informed.
    It is students’ responsibility to ensure that they attend form time and are signed in with their tutor.
    If students arrive to school after 9.15 they must sign in at student services. They will be given a 45 minute detention unless there is a valid reason for being late.


We ask parents to

  • Please ensure your child attends school every day unless they are seriously ill
  • Contact school on the first day of any absence before 9.30am and each subsequent day that your child is absent
  • Provide a note confirming absences
  • Provide medical confirmation for prolonged periods of absence
  • Make all non-emergent medical appoints outside of school hours or in school holidays
  • Do not book holidays to take place during term time
  • Provide up to date contact details


As a school we will

  • Promote and reward good attendance
  • Work in partnership with parents and carers
  • Monitor all students attendance and coordinate support for students who struggle to attend regularly
  • Authorise up to six sessions of absence for illness unless medical evidence is received

Leave of Absence Requests

Every School Day Counts and the current law states that you do not have the right to take your child out of school during term time. Our leave of absence guidance and leave of absence request form are available below. The Headteacher may grant a leave of absence request in excpetional circumstances.

Leave of Absence Guidance

Application Form for Leave of Absence