Header Image 1

Attendance and Absence

Woking High School is committed, in partnership with parents, students and governors to sustaining a school which serves the community and of which the community is proud.

All students benefit from regular school attendance and in order for our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education. It is vital that they attend regularly and every student should be in school, on time, every day that the school is open unless the reason for the absence is exceptional. To this end the school will do all we can to encourage parents/carers to ensure that the children in their care achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent full attendance are identified and acted on promptly. 

FFT Attendance 2023 24 Award (1)

Reporting Absence

Woking High School has the following procedure for reporting a child’s absence from school:

Email: or phone the school absence line on 01483 888447 and select option 1 before 8.30am. Please note this absence line is open outside normal school opening hours for you to leave a message.

Please include the child’s full name, form and reason for absence in the message.

You will need to report your child absent on each day they are absent from school, (not just the first day of their absence).

Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstances

Please complete the form to request leave of absence.

Penalty Notices to Address Poor Attendance at School

A Penalty Notice may be issued as an alternative to the prosecution of a parent/carer for their child's unauthorised absence from school (absence without the agreement of the school or not covered by a medical note) and will be used by Surrey County Council in the following circumstances:

Students identified by Police and Inclusion Officers (formerly Education Welfare Officers) engaged on Truancy Patrols and who have incurred unauthorised absences.

Leave of absence in term time (5 days or 10 sessions or more).

Finally, the issuing of a Penalty Notice will also be considered where it is judged that a parent/carer is failing to ensure their child's regular school attendance.

If you have any questions or require further support to achieve an improvement in your child's attendance, please contact your child’s Head of Year or our Attendance Officer, Mrs Charlton.

Advice and support is also available from Surrey Inclusion Services by contacting your local Education Office via 01483 518130.

Attendance Matters

A student’s attendance figure has a direct correlation to both their overall wellbeing and academic success. Attendance percentages need to be in the high nineties to be considered average to good. Consider the following examples: An attendance record of 90% might seem acceptable, but it is equal to one day missed per fortnight. If this continues from Year 7 to Year 11 a total of six months education will be lost. Students who attend school more than 96% do better in their exams and make much greater progress from their starting point.

At Woking High School we monitor the attendance of our students on a regular basis and use positive praise and encouragement to keep levels high. If the attendance of any student becomes a concern, you can expect the response below outlined in our traffic light system.

Attendance Policy
Attendance Letter from Surrey CC

2 202