If a child is to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of attendance is essential. This is because research has shown regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in children’s achievement. We wish to work in partnership with parents and carers in ensuring your child attends school on time every day. We are always pleased to work together with parents and carers in resolving any difficulties.
Years 1-6 start at 8.55am and finish at 3.30pm, this amounts to 32 hrs 55 minutes a week. Reception class start at 8.55am and finish at 3.25pm. Nursery class start at 8.55am and finish at 3.20pm.
We will be monitoring children’s attendance and punctuality weekly and will let parents know if there are any concerns and if children enter an ‘at risk’ category. Teachers will be talking to children about their attendance and will celebrate those who have made improvements or continue to attend well.
Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for children to maximize their learning, and achieve their full potential at St Thomas’ CE Primary School. There are a number of important steps parents can take to ensure their child maintains a high level of attendance:
St Thomas' Attendance categories
Days off school = lost learning time
There are 190 days in a School year. Every day counts!
Best chance of success.
Gets your child off to a flying start!
The child attends between 98% - 100% of the time.
Less chance of success.
Makes it harder for your child to make progress.
Risk of Underachievement
The child attends between 90% - 95% of the time.
If attendance falls below 95% you will receive a letter from the school making you aware of your child’s attendance and the importance of being
Impossible for your child to be successful at School.
Court action will be taken.
The child attends less than 90.0% of the time.
Under no circumstances should children be removed from school for a holiday during term time. If this does happen you will be referred to the local authority and issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60.