Wanstead High School

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Attendance & Absence

Students are expected to arrive at the school no later than 8:30am for morning registration.

Contact us

There is a dedicated attendance telephone line to notify school of student absences. Parents/carers should call 020 8989 2791 and select option 1 each day of absence and leave the following information:

  • Student's name
  • Tutor Group
  • Nature of illness/reason for absence
  • Expected date of return
  • Caller's relationship to student

The school has developed it’s own internal systems in order to maintain high levels of attendance to school. Wanstead High School works closely with the Educational Welfare Service to ensure students are accessing education to a level which will enable them to achieve the best outcomes possible for them. This service along with our Heads of Years work with families who have difficulties maintaining acceptable levels of attendance.

To ensure the safety of our students the school has a dedicated Attendance Officer and Home Liaison who makes sure that contact is made with families on the first day of absence. For students who have Social or Emotional difficulties the Pastoral team offers a range of  support to help students overcome barriers preventing them from accessing their education.

Attendance Matters

What is good attendance?

Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life.

100% attendance - your child will be able to take advantage of all the opportunities open to them.

Children who attend above 93% are more likely to obtain 5+ A-C GCSEs.

93% attendance - your child will have missed one whole year of schooling over the 11 years of their education

Under 93% attendance - your head of year and other school staff will support your child to improve

Click here to view a letter sent to parents/carers concerning our Policy on unauthorised leave.

Setting good attendance patterns from an early age will also help your child later on. Employers want to recruit people who are reliable. Students who have a poor school attendance record may have less chance of getting a good job. 

It is also very important that your child arrives on time.

Days lost through lateness 

If your child is often late this means they have:

5 Minutes late

Lost 3 days of lessons

10 Minutes late

Lost 6.5 days

15 Minutes late

Lost 10 days

20 Minutes late

Lost 13 days

30 Minutes late

Lost 19 days


Parents and Carers 

  • Make attendance a priority
  • Arrange medical and dental appointments outside of school hours, either after school or during the school holidays
  • Ensure your child leaves in plenty of time to arrive at school on time
  • Encourage your child to eat a healthy diet to keep well
  • Contact the school as early as possible if your child is unable to attend through illness, and ensure your child returns to school as soon as they are able 

Religious Observance

The London Borough of Redbridge has consulted with various faith leaders and has concluded that students may take up to 3 days for religious observance in any one academic year. Students are encouraged to attend school unless an activity has been organised by the family or faith leader (eg going to mosque). Faith leaders have advised us that students should not see a day of religious significance as a “day off” from school. The Head Teacher decides which day(s) will be authorised for religious observance.

 With this in mind, and in line with our school policy, if your child is going to have more than 1 day off during any religious observance, you must submit any requests in writing one week prior to the event. Any further days taken in addition to the agreed authorised religious observance day must be authorised in advance by the school (and where necessary supported by your faith leader).

How we help

Wanstead High School seeks to ensure that all our students receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each student to realise their true potential. The School works with students and their families to ensure each student attends school regularly and punctually to achieve this aim. The importance of attendance cannot be underestimated as good attendance is one of the main stepping stones to supporting the educational, social and emotional development of our pupils.

Students with high levels of attendance are more likely to be selected as Prefects in year 11, acting as role models for younger students.

Click here to view Wanstead High School’s Attendance Policy

For information on Redbridge Council’s attendance policy please click here

Need support?

If you need help to support your child in attending school, and to improve their punctuality, please get in touch with your child’s Head of Year.  Contact details here.