Regular and punctual school attendance is important. Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law. St. Thomas’ Church of England Primary School fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours, therefore, as an outstanding school, our attendance target is 100%.
At St. Thomas' we aim to:
- Improve pupils’ achievement by ensuring high levels of attendance and punctuality.
- Achieve a minimum of 98% attendance for all children, apart from those with chronic
- Create an ethos in which good attendance and punctuality are recognised as the
norm and seen to be valued by the school.
- Raise awareness of parents, carers and pupils of the importance of uninterrupted
attendance and punctuality at every stage of a child’s education.
- Work in partnership with pupils, parents, staff and the Education Welfare Service so that all pupils realise their potential, unhindered by unnecessary absence.
- Promote a positive and welcoming atmosphere in which pupils feel safe, secure, and
valued, and encourage in pupils a sense of their own responsibility.
- Establish a pattern of monitoring attendance and ensure consistency in recognising
achievement and dealing with difficulties.
- Recognise the key role of all staff, but especially class teachers, in promoting good
We maintain and promote good attendance and punctuality through:
- Raising awareness of attendance and punctuality issues among all staff, parents and
- Ensuring that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on them for
making sure their child attends regularly and punctually.
- Equipping children with the life skills needed to take responsibility for good school
attendance and punctuality appropriate to the child’s age and development.
- Maintaining effective means of communication with parents, pupils, staff and governors on school attendance matters.
- Developing and implementing procedures for identifying, reporting and reviewing
cases of poor attendance and persistent lateness.
- Supporting pupils who have been experiencing any difficulties at home or at school
which are preventing good attendance.
- Developing and implementing procedures to follow up non-attendance at school.
What to do if your child is ill:
Children develop illness. As a school, we want to support you with managing your child's illness and getting the best advice.
- If you child is ill, please either contact the school office by phone (0151 5319955) or via the parent app to let us know that they will be absent from school. It is important that this is done on the first day of your child's absence before 9.00am. It would be helpful if you could estimate how long your child will be absent for or alternatively ring on the consecutive days of absence to update the school on your child's progress.
- In cases of infectious illnesses/diseases, it is essential that we are informed.
- If your child has diarrhoea or sickness, he/she should not return to school for 24 hours after the last bout of illness.
- If a child becomes ill during the day, his/her parents or carers will be contacted. Therefore, please let us know immediately if you (or named emergency contacts) change your address or telephone number. We may also be able to give you advice on managing your child's illness and whether they should remain off school.
There is no need for children to stay off school if they have cold sores, conjunctivitis or slap cheek. These are not highly contagious and would only be transmitted through inappropriate contact. However, each case will be dealt with on a individual basis and parents may be advised to keep their child at home if there is a further risk of infection to others.