St Thomas' CE Primary School

St Clement & St James CE Primary School

St Thomas' Federation - Stronger together

School Gateway
Translate Translate


St Thomas' Attendance


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:


  • Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn.
  • School starts at 8.55am, your child should be in class by this time.
  • If your child is ill, please make sure that you contact the school- to ask for advice if necessary. Please make sure you phone school for every day that your child is absent.
  • If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised.
  • Please ensure that medical appointments are made outside school time where possible. 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.
  • Holidays should not be taken during school time. Holidays will not be authorised during term time, and may result in a fixed penalty notice.
  • If you need to withdraw your child from school for exceptional reasons please fill in a request form which can be found in the office.
  • Speak to your child’s class teacher or office staff if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into school and we will do all that we can to help.


St Thomas' Attendance categories

Days off school = lost learning time

There are 190 days in a School year. Every day counts! 



Green Group


Best chance of success.

Gets your child off to a flying start!


No concern


The child attends between 98% - 100% of the time.



Amber Group


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


Red Group


Impossible for your child to be successful at School.


Court action will be taken.




Extreme Concern


The child attends less than 90.0% of the time.









  1. You will receive a letter from Mr Jones asking to meet with him to discuss your child’s attendance and to set a trial period of improvement.
  2.  Trial period is 3 weeks
  3. Early help referral to support with attendance
  4. If nothing improves then as the parent you will be referred to the Local Authority for a Penalty Notice. 




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.