Rainford High Attendance

Attendance at Rainford High

Our attendance target is 97% because we want all our students to achieve their full potential. We want every student to attend Rainford to learn and thrive. This means that students must not have more than 5 days off in a year.

5-day challenge

The 5-day challenge was implemented to give students a clear understanding of how they achieve 97% attendance during the school year.  If a student has more than 5 days absence from school, they are unable to meet the 5-day challenge and achieve 97% attendance.

As you’re aware, high attendance leads to improved and high academic achievement, which means greater success and opportunities for our students. If a student fails to achieve 97% attendance, there is much less chance of success in terms of academic outcomes. Students who didn’t achieve a grade 9-4 in English and maths missed 10 more days on average than those who achieved a grade 9-5 in both English and maths.

Attendance poster

The poster below is displayed in all classrooms and on screens around school to encourage positive conversations and discussions between form tutors, teaching staff and our students – we would also be grateful if you could discuss this with your child:


We feel that rewards are an important part of our attendance strategy – below are some examples of some of the rewards we implement as a result of excellent attendance:

  • Termly rewards for attendance such as vouchers, chocolates and certificates.
  • 100% attendance in December reward – prize draw to win £50.
  • Best weekly form attendance wins a tub of sweets for their form.

As well as rewards, we continue to provide personalised support for our most vulnerable students in terms of their attendance.

Should you wish to discuss your child’s attendance with a member of the team, their contact details are below:

Senior Attendance Team:

Mr Kenyon – Vice Principal responsible for school attendance

[email protected]

01744 885914

Mrs Cross – Director of Attendance and CEIAG

[email protected]

01744 885914

Day to day contacts regarding attendance:

Year 7 Pastoral Leader – Mrs Sheedy – [email protected]

Year 8 Pastoral Leader – Mrs Greenall – [email protected]

Year 9 Pastoral Leader – Miss Lawrenson – [email protected]

Year 10 Pastoral Leader – Miss Hill – [email protected]

Year 11 Pastoral Leader – Mrs McCartney – [email protected]

6th Form Pastoral Leader – Mr Pendlebury – [email protected]

Attendance admin – Miss Lowe – [email protected]

Attendance Operational Manager – Mr Taylor – [email protected]

For further details please download our Attendance Policy here.