Attendance & Punctuality

Students should be seated in their tutor room by 8.40 am at the latest. Please ensure that children taking a longer journey leave in plenty of time to allow for possible delays or congestion.  Please contact the school on the first and each subsequent day of any absence by telephoning 020 8504 9618 and selecting option 2. Statistics show that students with full attendance who always attend on time arrive much better prepared for work and are much more likely to be high achievers.

The school will not give any authorisation for students missing school to go on holiday. The school is entitled to consider taking a student off roll for prolonged absence. Woodbridge High School adopts the London Borough of Redbridge’s Attendance Strategy.

Registers are taken at 8.40 am.  The school regards an attendance figure of 95% as good and a figure of below 90% over a period of time as a cause for concern, particularly if there is a pattern of frequent short term absence. The school involves Education Welfare as appropriate, an agency that will engage in home visits, penalty fines and court proceedings if attendance or punctuality matters are unresolved.

Persistent lateness, unless due to exceptional circumstances, is addressed in the following way:

  • 2 or more lates in any one week warrant a Year Co-ordinator detention
  • 7 lates in any half term warrant a fine of £120 (£60 if paid within 21 days) directly from LBR

Unauthorised absence  is addressed in the following way:

  • 12 or more sessions of unauthorised absence may lead to a penalty notice being issued
  • Unauthorised leave of absences taken in term time may lead to a fine of £120 (£60 if paid within 21 days) directly from LBR