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Attendance, Absence and Lateness


It has long been recognised that academic success is built upon a sound foundation of good attendance. As a school we have a shared legal responsibility with parents and carers to ensure that all children attend school regularly.


At least 97% attendance is the target set by the Department for Education, to encourage all children to reach their full potential.  Rickleton Primary uses ‘attendance zones’ to offer support, at an early stage, to those experiencing difficulties.


Red - below 91%    Amber - 92% - 96%     Green 97% - 100% 

Attendance is tracked on a weekly basis to monitor children within the above zones.

During the Autumn and Spring term, attendance is monitored and attendance which falls below 97% may be subject to a monitoring period.


We recognise and reward good attendance in a variety of ways at Rickleton Primary School. One example of that is the 'Race to Five'.  The class with the highest weekly attendance gets to display a star on the attendance board and the first class to receive 5 gets extra playtime!


Weekly Attendance

Our whole school aim is to achieve 97% or higher attendance.  Each week we celebrate the class in each key stage with the highest attendance.

To report your child late or absent, please call the school office on 0191 4155050 prior to the start of the school day at 8.55am.



Should a pupil be absent due to illness, please telephone the school office by 9am to notify us of the reason for absence. We would expect parents / carers to update us on a daily basis should it be an ongoing absence.

If we are not notified of the reason for absence, a text will be sent out requesting that the parent / carer telephone to update us. If there is no response to the text, the school office will make a follow up phone call that morning to parents / carers for a reason. If there is no notification by the parent / carer, the absence will be unauthorised. We may follow up with a home visit by our Pastoral Support Office.



Pupils arriving at school after the doors have closed at 8.55am should enter through the main entrance and school office staff will record their name, time and reason for lateness. A late mark is entered in the register. School will monitor lateness to look for patterns that may be of concern.

If pupils arrive after 9.30am, when teaching has commenced, they will be given an unauthorised late mark and this will show on their attendance as an absence for that session.