Cardiff West Community High School


Attendance is the most important factor in determining the success your child will experience in school. Those who do not attend regularly may fall behind in their learning, leading to feelings of frustration and unhappiness. Poor attendance is a serious issue in school. However, every case is different, and we will always try and support families to improve the situation.

Medical and Dental Appointments

Please make every effort to make medical or dental appointments before or after school. However, if this is not possible, please ensure that an appointment card or letter is submitted to the pastoral team. Medical/Dental appointments are normally authorised for half of a school day. Your child's absence will not be authorised without the evidence required.

Attendance and Punctuality

Please ensure your child attends school every day and on time.

Failure to ensure regular attendance or punctuality could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued by the Education Welfare Service.

A Fixed Penalty Notice may also be issued for an unauthorised holiday. Further information can be found on:

Holidays should not be taken during term time. If a holiday needs to be taken during term-time for unavoidable reasons, it can only be taken after agreement with the Headteacher. Please put your request in writing to the Headteacher.

If you are worried or feel there is a problem with your child’s attendance, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s School Attendance and Safeguarding Officer. The Education Welfare Service aims to reduce unnecessary absences from school by offering support to help parents or carers.