Attendance & Punctuality

If you would like further information about the school’s attendance policy please contact Mr A Cree, Assistant head teacher.


Sale High School is dedicated to working with students and their families to secure excellent punctuality and attendance. National average attendance is 95% and we are working hard to ensure that wherever possible our students’ 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 arrive at school by 8.40 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 9.00 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 –
Contact details are Phone: 0161 973 2713 op 1 or email or Provide a note confirming absences
Provide medical confirmation for prolonged periods of absence
Make all non emergency medical appointments 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 a maximum of 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 exceptional circumstances.

Leave of Absence Guidance

Application Form for Leave of Absence