Rift House Primary School

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 “Last year children who were BELOW 90% attendance (more than 18 days off )only had a 40% chance of working at or above their age   related expectation.”

“Last year children who were BELOW 96% attendance (more than 7 days off) only had a 60% chance of working at or above their age related expectation.”

“Those children who were ABOVE 96% attendance (less than 7 days off) had an 87% chance of working at or above age related expectation.”

So if your attendance is less than 90% you are very, very, very likely to be working BELOW.

So if your attendance is less than 96% you are likely to be working BELOW.


If your attendance is more than 96% you are very, very, very, very likely to be working AT or ABOVE! 




Over 200 days were lost because of term time holidays.


Low cost holidays = High cost to learning







Your child is able to access all of their learning, form friendships and get into good attendance habits.  Children with excellent attendance are usually more settled in school and are able to enjoy all areas of school life.

96% and above

At Rift House we strive for 96%.  Children are able to access most of their learning and are likely to achieve good qualifications when they are older.

90% and below

Children who have missed 10% of their learning can result in children working below age related expectation. 90% is the equivalent of children missing half a day each week and 4 weeks of school in an academic year.  

Any child in a school in Hartlepool who has 90% attendance and below will be highlighted on a register check by an Attendance Officer, who will investigate why attendance is so low.  Pupils with attendance of 90% and below are called a Persistent Absentee.  


80% and below

At this stage children will be missing one fifth of their education, which will significantly impact on their achievement. 80% is the equivalent of missing 1 day of school per week (nearly 8 school weeks in a year)  Parents will be referred to external agencies for further action.

Contact Rift House on the first day of absence  01429 275239

Make routine dental and medical appointments after school or during  the 13 week holidays

Only keep your child off school when they are genuinely ill, they can still attend with a common cold or minor illness.

Avoid lateness and booking holidays in term time.

Impact of Lateness

Attendance is not just about pupils missing days from school, regular late marks also affect a child's attendance too!


5 minutes late = 3 days lost

10 minutes late = 6.5 days lost

15 minutes late = 10 days lost

20 minutes late = 13 days lost

30 minutes late = 19 days lost


Lost Minutes = Lost Learning