Attendance & Punctuality





As stated in our prospectus, both Attendance and Punctuality are extremely important at Rivelin Primary School.  We believe it is vital that children are in school on time each day and are learning as much as they possibly can be.  Children with ‘Outstanding Attendance’ are able to participate in and make best use of all the wonderful learning, activities and events provided at our school; what we would like for every single one of our pupils.


Please see the diagrams below for details of what percentages mean to us.  Promoting school attendance is a key component of the Government’s strategy to raise standards in education and included in this is a drive for schools to reduce persistent absence.  Students who are ‘persistently absent’ are those who regularly have time off school and whose attendance falls below 90%.


We understand that from time to time, children will need to be absent from school, due to illness or other special circumstances and we ask Parent/Carers to please contact school, before 9am, to let us know the reasons for your childs absence.


Just to inform you, we review pupil attendance, on a weekly basis, along with Dale Edwardes, the school’s Education Welfare Officer.  If a child’s attendance drops below 92% and the reasons for absence give cause for concern, then Mr Edwardes will make a phone call or home visit to offer his support and advice. 


Rivelin Primary School want all children to get the best start to their education and developing great behaviours for later life. 

Being punctual allows children to make a good and settled start to the day, so they can engage in and enjoy their learning.  If a child is brought late into school:-

  • they miss out on the teacher’s instructions at the beginning of the lesson
  • they may feel panicked, awkward and embarrassed when everyone else is settled
  • they may interrupt other children’s learning whilst the teacher takes time away from other pupils to explain what is going on in the lesson

We meet every half term with Mr Edwardes, the school’s Education Welfare Officer, to discuss pupils who are being brought to school late on a regular basis. 

We understand that it can be very stressful getting children to school in a morning and we want to support those parent/carers who are finding it particularly difficult in bringing their children to school on time.  Please do not hesitate to come and talk to us in school if you need any support or advice.

Please see the information below with regards to:


The effect punctuality has on a pupil’s attendance at school