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Lynsted and Norton Primary School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all pupils.  Regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them. 

We aim to:

  • Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence
  • Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled
  • Act early to address patterns of absence
  • Minimise the disruption caused by late arrivals or non-attendance to the quality of the education and provision for all pupils
  • One of our basic principles is to celebrate success. Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. We actively promote 100% attendance for all our pupils, and we use a variety of weekly, termly, and annual awards to promote good attendance and punctuality. The more children come to school, the more they will learn!


Requesting a leave of absence

If you are needing to take an unavoidable leave of absence for your child please complete the form below which will be sent to Mrs Adcock our Trust Attendance Officer. She will respond at her earliest convenience.


Absence form for children - please complete this form for leave of absence


Our School Day:


8.40   Children are welcomed at the gate, any messages from parents/carers will be passed to relevant staff. Children go straight to their classroom.


8.50   School starts and register is taken.  If you arrive after this time, please sign in at the school office.  You will be registered as late until 9.20am.  If possible, please ring ahead if you know you are going to be late.


9.20   Registers are closed and an unauthorised absence will be recorded


8.50 - 10.30 - Lessons begin


10.30 - 10.45  Morning break


10.45 - 12.00  Lessons


12 - 1pm   Lunch break


1pm   Afternoon register is taken


1 - 3.15pm - Lessons


3.10pm - School ends for Ducklings (Reception)

3.15pm - School ends for rest of school


Late Arrival at school


If your child arrives late at school, they miss the teacher's instructions and the introduction to the lesson.  Your child may also feel embarrassed to enter the classroom late.


Minutes late per day:                    Equals days' worth of teaching lost in a year:


5 minutes                                       3.4 days

10 minutes                                     6.9 days

15 minutes                                     10.3 days

20 minutes                                     13.8 days

30 minutes                                     20.7 days


Any child who is late for school will have the minutes they are late entered into their record so that a report can be run for parents to see.


If your child is not in school by 9.15am, a call will be made to find out the reason for their absence.  If a message is left and there is no response within 15 minutes, we will call the next contact on the list until we are able to contact someone.


Our Attendance Policy states that all children that arrive late, must report with their parent the the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded.  Children are expected to arrive at the time set by the school.


Attendance Percentages


The school year consists of 190 days.  The following table shows a guide to the percentage of attendance your child has reached for the school year.


100%   -   0 days off school  - Perfection

99%    -   Equates to 2 days off school each year - Excellent

97%    -   Equates to 5 days off school each year - Good

95%   -    Equates to 10 days off school each year - Slight concern

90%   -    Equates to 20 days off school each year - Concerned

85%   -    Equates to 30 days off school each year - Very Concerned 


Our Attendance Policy states that parents have a legal duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly and arrive on time.  Regular attendance is essential to their all round development and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them in order to make good progress in their learning.  Poor attendance undermines their education's attainment and progress and, sometimes, puts children at risk by encouraging anti social behaviour.




If your child is ill, please contact the school office on the first day, and every day thereafter, until they are back to school, by phone (01795 521362), email ([email protected]) or by using Arbor.  When they return to school, please also send a note explaining why they have been absent.


Our Attendance policy states that it is a parent's responsibility to contact the school on the first day their child is absent.  This is a safeguarding issue requirement so that all parties know that your child is safe and their whereabouts is known.  Parents should regularly update the school and inform the school when their child is returning.


I need to stay home if:                       I am ready to go back to school when:


Fever Over 37.5degrees -                      I am fever free for 24 hours without medication


Vomiting in last 24 hours                      Free from vomiting for at least 48 hours / 2 solid meals


Diarrhoea in last 24 hours                     Free from diarrhoea for at least 48 hours


I have a rash                                       Free from rash / itching.  Been evaluated by a doctor


I have head lice                                   Treated with appropriate treatment, please inform teacher   (see leaflet attachment above - on how to spot headlice and how to treat them)


I have an eye infection                         Evaluated by a doctor and given treatment if needed


I have been in hospital                         Released by the doctor to return to school


 NHS Guidelines for sickness at school :-  Is my child too ill for school? - NHS ( 


Trust Attendance Officer: Mrs Amanda Adcock

[email protected]

Tel: 07594 888784