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Ruskington Chestnut

Street CofE

Primary Academy

Care. Believe. Grow

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Why is Attendance Important?

Children who are in school and on time every day do better than those who are not. It's a fact. Even children whose attendance is 90% will have missed 19 school days over the year and will struggle to achieve their targets. So here is what we do to encourage good attendance at Ruskington Chestnut Street Church of England Primary Academy


  • Newsletters to show the percentage of attendance for the highest attending class.

  • Identifying and supporting pupils who have attendance problems in advance of transition into or out of the school. Such opportunities could be between Pre-School & Reception, Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2, Key Stage 2/Key Stage 3, Mainstream/Specialist, new to the Country/County. This should include the sharing of relevant information with the educational establishments involved.

  • Working with parents who are concerned that their children may be experiencing difficulty in attending school.

  • Sending parents/carers attendance data when needed with targets for improvement as appropriate.

  • Report to parents i.e. at parent consultations how their child is achieving in school and how their child’s attendance is impacting on their progress and attainment. 


What do I do if my child is ill?

If your child is absent from school, please contact us as soon as you can. For safety reasons, we operate a thorough absence monitoring procedure, so early notification is crucial.  Parents should contact the school before 8.50am by phone call (01526 832424) or Parentmail to notify the school of any absence.


What do I do if my child arrives late at the school?

The school gates will close at 8.50a.m.  After this parents and children will need to walk the school office.  Children must be accompanied by a parent who will sign their child in using the electronic sign in screen located in the front entrance.  


Leave of absence 

Leave of absence forms are to be requested and completed in advance.  Please note leave of absence will only be granted under exceptional circumstances and is at the discretion of the Executive Headteacher.  Please read the attendance policy at the top of the page before requesting a form, we ask for the policy is read in full so families are fully aware of its contents including the use of Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). Families should avoid taking leave of absence during term time. Term time absences, at any point during the school year may seriously affect the progress of your child.

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