St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
8.30am - 4.30pm
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The expectation for all children, including those in Nursery and Reception, is at least 95%. Our whole school attendance now regularly exceeds 97% each week because our children attend well. We regard regular attendance at school as essential to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for all children and necessary to promote better life chances. The school’s ethos encourages children to feel that their presence in school is important and that they are missed when they are absent or late.
There is a clear link between good attendance and high standards; for our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and every child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
There is now more Government pressure on schools than ever before to ensure the regular attendance of children in their school. There is a legal requirement for schools to set targets for improving school attendance.
Our attendance policy sets out the principles and guidelines by which we seek to raise attendance, improve punctuality, to raise levels of achievement and to maximise opportunities both in school and in later life.
WHY REGULAR ATTENDANCE IS SO IMPORTANT
Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence disrupts teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same class. Ensuring every child’s regular attendance at school is the parent’s/carer’s responsibility and permitting absence from school without good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
To help us all to focus on good attendance we will:
Attendance in Nursery