Attendance & Punctuality

The staff and Governors of Oriel High School strongly believe that all students benefit from regular attendance. To achieve this, we do all we can to encourage parents/carers to ensure that their son/daughter achieves maximum possible attendance and that any problems which prevent full attendance are identified quickly and acted upon promptly. It is only by attending school regularly that students are able to achieve their full potential.

What constitutes good attendance?

We expect students to:

  • arrive at school by 8:15am and be ready to register in the mentor room at 8:20am
  • arrive on time to PM registration/mentor time
  • move purposefully between lessons and arrive in class on time
  • bring in a written explanation from their parent/carer to explain any absence
  • catch up on any missed learning resulting from absence

Attendance figures below 90% are of real concern. It is up to the school whether to authorise an absence or not and we may ask you to provide appropriate medical evidence before we do so.

Consider the following examples:

  • 90% is the equivalent to missing one day per fortnight, which equates to missing half a year of education during the course of Years 7-11
  • 80% is the equivalent to missing one day per week, which equates to missing one full year of education during the course of Years 7-11

Good attendance contributes to:

  • personal and social development
  • continuity of learning – making retention and progress easier
  • success in tests and examinations
  • fulfilment of coursework requirements
  • good references for further education or employment
  • a reputation for reliability


The importance of punctuality will be reinforced by Learning Mentors and teachers

  • students late to lessons will be challenged and, if necessary, appropriate sanctions applied
  • lateness will be monitored and may be recorded as unauthorised absence
  • lateness may provide the basis for prosecution by the Education Welfare Service

A copy of the school’s attendance policy can be found here