St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
Sherwood Avenue




01484 226557


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8.30am - 4.30pm

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Read our most recent Ofsted inspection report - March 2014.

OFSTED report - March 2014
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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.





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:


  • Give parents details on attendance in our regular newsletters.
  • Report to parent/carer’s at least termly on their child’s attendance and punctuality.
  • Monitor whole school attendance continuously.
  • Celebrate good attendance by displaying individual and class achievements.
  • Reward good or improving attendance through class competitions, certificates and prizes.
  • Run promotional events when parents, pupils and staff can work together on raising attendance levels across the school.


Attendance in Nursery


Our whole school attendance is monitored very closely, by the local authority and myself, to identify children who may be at risk of poor attendance and therefore missing out on their learning. The nursery provision incorporates some critical learning which has a significant effect on the following reception year; for this reason the children are monitored and observed by the staff. If a child does not attend, or has poor attendance, they may not complete their nursery year developing as they should. Nursery is also the opportunity to establish a good pre-school routine for families, which sets children up very well for good long term attendance.
We do understand that there are times when children may be unwell, however most children do aachieve good attendance throughout their time in school. The following expectations will help you understand how good attendance is measured by the government and by the local authority.
The national expectation for attendance is above 95%.
‘Good attendance' is deemed to be above this.
Any attendance below this would be regarded is ‘below expectation’.
Any attendance below 90% is regarded as ‘poor attendance’.
Pupils below 90% are individually monitored by the Local Authority.
We hope that this will help you to manage your child’s attendance so that they can get the best out of every day. If you have any concerns, worries or questions, please feel free to speak to Mr Rushby or a member of staff. We understand that many of our families are just settling into school life and so we are happy to offer advice or to help in any way that we can.
Attendance Policy
We follow the North Huddersfield Learning Community Attendance Policy in association with other local schools.
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