At South Wigston High School we believe that high attendance is a key factor in student well-being and exam success. We have an extensive support team in place to ensure every student at South Wigston High School has high attendance and is well supported through any difficulties they are facing. This support network extends to parents and carers.

It is clear that students who attend South Wigston well (96%+) will achieve better outcomes, do better in lessons, find it easier to make progress and feel happier about school. We want this for every student and know good attendance is fundamental to supporting our young people to meet their best possible outcome.

What does good attendance look like?

Please refer to our attendance policy for details of our attendance strategies, interventions and expectations:

Below are some other links you may find useful that are related to our policy and provide other local sources of support and information regarding student attendance:

Below is a summary of our daily, weekly and termly attendance interventions:

Requests for term time leave of absence

These requests must be made in writing to Ms Chandler if the parent/carer believes there are exceptional circumstances that warrant a leave of absence (as per the government guidelines).

Each request will be considered individually and will take into account a number of factors (see Appendix A of the attendance policy, section iv).

All requests will be responded to in writing.

For more information on the Local Authority policies on fixed penalty notices for term time leave, please follow the relevant links above.

Persistent Absence

Since 2015, the government have advised that Persistent Absence (PA) is when “a student enrolment’s overall absence equates to 10 per cent or more of their possible sessions.” Therefore any student whose attendance is 90% or below is classified as Persistently Absent from school.

For more information on attendance statistics please follow the link to the government guidance below:

Service Six

South Wigston High School have always been committed to the wellbeing of our students, and this is even more relevant now since the global pandemic. This commitment can be seen in our strong pastoral support structures, our partnership with the school nursing service and links to external agencies.

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with an organisation called Service Six. 

This organisation consists of highly trained professionals who will come into school and educate and work with students on various issues such as their wellbeing and self esteem, raising awareness of online safety, the dangers and signs of criminal exploitation, and they will talk to them about transferable life skills.

We are pleased to announce that Service Six will extend their work with us to include specific work supporting students with their mental health.

Click here for more information

Senior Leader responsible for attendance: Mr Kieran Hawketts.  Please contact Mr Hawketts, should there be any major challenges requiring attendance support.

Name Primary role Contact
Mrs A Salmon Senior Pastoral Support Contact
Mrs A Spencer Pastoral Support
Mr J Clarke Pastoral Support Contact
Mr S Evans Teacher of PE Contact
Mr M O'Brien Teacher of PE Contact
Mr K Hawketts Assistant Principal
Victoria Wright Attendance and Welfare Officer for Learning Without Limits Academy Trust
Martine Boyd Senior EWO for the Learning Without Limits Academy Trust