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Reporting An Absence

To Report A Student's Absence

When a student is unwell and cannot attend, the absence must be explained by the student’s parent or guardian.

If you know in advance that your child is going to be absent, a letter must be brought into school and given to their tutor, before the day that they are absent.

If this is not possible, a note must be brought to their tutor on their first day back, giving the reason for their absence, the date(s) and the signature of the parent or person with parental responsibility.

Unplanned absences can be reported on 01753 521320 or by email reception@westgate.slough.sch.uk between 8am and 8.50am on the day of the absence with the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Student’s form
  • Reason for absence
  • Expected date of return if known.

Again the student must bring a note to their tutor on their first day back.

Whilst absences due to routine appointments during the school day are discouraged, we appreciate that some medical appointments are unavoidable. If your child is going to arrive late or leave early due to a medical appointment, please notify us in advance and follow this up with a copy of the appointment letter or card. It is important that all absences are reported so that they can be recorded and authorised.

Please note that all students are expected to attend no less than 97% unless there are ongoing health issues. Excessive unexplained absence could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice issued by the Local Authority.