Click here to view the Attendance policy


If your child is absent, please ensure it is for a genuine illness or emergency only. Please phone the school’s attendance office to notify school of the absence explaining the reason and length of absence expected. The number is 0161 338 2374.


We appreciate that the rules surrounding coronavirus will have an impact on student attendance.  We ask that where a learner or one of their household members has symptoms of coronavirus (high temp, cough or loss of taste/smell) that the learner does not attend school.  Below, you will find some useful documents and information about how school is managing coronavirus and the steps our families need to take

Absence and Coronavirus

Attendance and Punctuality

Outstanding attendance is essential to the success of your child at Rayner Stephens High School. Learners should aim for 100% attendance, anything below 97% would be seen as a cause for concern and could lead to a Penalty Notice fine or even prosecution.

All learners must be in school for 8.40am when lesson 1 begins. At 8.45am the student entrance is locked and all arrivals will be marked as late. If a learner is late they will receive an automatic 1 hour detention on the same day. Parents will be advised by text of any detentions.

Learners who arrive to school after 9.15am will be marked as absent for the entire morning session. Repeated late arrival to school will adversely affect your child’s attainment and could lead to a Penalty Notice fine.

Leave of Absence / Holidays

Leave of absence will not be authorised during term time except in extreme circumstances; unauthorised absence from school may lead to the issuing of a Penalty Notice fine.

Educational Welfare Officer

Our Education Welfare Officer may contact learners having issues with their attendance. Their role is to assist learners and families in overcoming any barriers that may exist that are stopping your child from attending school regularly. If a learner’s attendance does not improve to the required level after support has been put in place you risk prosecution for persistent absence.

Attendance Information Letters