I am writing to inform you that Ruskin Academy is launching a new attendance initiative. We have revised our procedures and will be working with parents and carers and the Education Entitlement Service to improve attendance and punctuality.

This is because research has shown regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in children achieving their full potential. Ruskin Academy is committed to providing a full and efficient education to all, and encouraging our children to strive for excellence. Therefore, for a child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of attendance is essential. We wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends school every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties but we are also committed to improving attendance levels at Ruskin Academy. The target attendance figure for all pupils is 100%. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below. Your child will be informed of their attendance group.

 

Absence Group Notes
Green Group

No Concern

The child attends between 97% - 100% of the time.

Yellow Group

Concern

The child attends between 95% - 96.99% of the time.

Amber Group

Risk of Underachievement

The child attends between 85% - 94.99% of the time.

Pink Group

Severe Risk of Underachievement

The child attends between 80% - 84.99% of the time.

Red Group

Extreme Concern

The child attends less than 79.9% of the time.

 

Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for pupils to maximize their learning, and achieve full potential here at Ruskin Academy. There are a number of important steps that you can take to ensure your child maintains a high level of attendance:

  • Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn.
  • Ensure the school has up to date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you by text or by telephone if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. This ensures that we can contact you about your child, and also can contact you in an emergency situation.
  • If your child is ill, contact the school. Please make sure you phone the school every day if your child is absent.
  • If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised. Ultimately the school is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will be asked to provide medical certificates if your child has a poor attendance record. 
  • Ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time. If this is not possible, your child needs to register at the school before they are taken to the medical appointment. We will need to see medical evidence upon return.
  • Avoid trivial absence such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.
  • Holidays should not be taken in school time. Holidays will not be authorised during term time, and may result in a fixed penalty notice.
  • Respond to school letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.
  • Contact Ms Collins (Family Support Worker)  if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into school.
  • Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Ruskin Academy.

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