At The Salendine Nook High School we know that good attendance matters. Our target for pupils is at least 98%.

Pupils who have good attendance: achieve better results, make better friendships and have improved self-esteem and confidence. We value parents’ support in ensuring their children attend school every day and get the most out of their opportunities and time in school. Whilst we understand that there are occasions when students will have medical conditions that will cause absence, we are keen to promote resilience to minor ailments, such as colds and sore throats, whenever possible. We know that time spent with the high quality staff in lessons is invaluable.

Your support is vital. The school has a dedicated team who are happy to discuss any concerns or problems you may have regarding attendance. Feel free to contact Miss Banks or Mrs Javed and we will be pleased to help.

Our Attendance policy can be read by clicking here.
The Legal Intervention Flowchart for Parents is available here


Hi my name is Emma, I'm the Attendance Manager here at Salendine Nook. Below, you should find all the information you need regarding attendance at SNHS. However if there is anything else you need please do call or email me using my contact details below.

Emma Banks
Attendance Manager
01484 657541 (EXT 1407)


Attendance Information

Please contact the school every day before 8.40am to report your child’s absence. You can leave a message on the school answer phone 01484 657541, use the Edulink app or email the office at , stating your child’s name, class and reason for absence.

As part of our safeguarding procedures, the school operates an automated first day call up system. This means that if we are not notified that your child will be absent from school, you will be contacted by email, text or phone until we have confirmation of the absence. If we do not hear from you our Attendance and Pupil Support Officer may conduct a home visit.

Letter from the Department for Education

We are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused some parents to feel less confident with assessing whether their child is well enough to be in school so we have laid out some information which we hope you will find helpful.

There is wide agreement among health professionals and educational professionals that school attendance is vital to the life chances of children and young people. Being in school improves health, wellbeing and socialisation throughout the life course. The greatest benefits come from children and young people attending school regularly.

It is usually appropriate for parents and carers to send their children to school with mild respiratory illnesses. This would include general cold symptoms: a minor cough, runny nose or sore throat. However, children should not be sent to school if they have a temperature of 38°C or above. We would encourage you to share the NHS ‘Is my child too ill for school?’ guidance with parents and carers in your schools and communities which has further information.

In addition to respiratory illnesses, we are aware that more children may be absent from school due to symptoms of anxiety than before the pandemic. Worry and mild or moderate anxiety, whilst sometimes difficult emotions, can be a normal part of growing up for many children and young people. Being in school can often help alleviate the underlying issues. A prolonged period of absence is likely to heighten a child’s anxiety about attending in the future, rather than reduce it. DfE has published useful guidance on mental health issues affecting a pupil’s attendance and those who are experiencing persistent symptoms can be encouraged to access additional support.

Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, England
Pat Cullen, General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing
Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
Dr Camilla Kingdon, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
William Roberts, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health
Dr Lade Smith, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists