St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
8.30am - 4.30pm
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Welcome to the Parent Page
Use the menu on the left hand side of the page to find out all about how you can help at home, what to do in case of snow and lots more.
On here you will find information on;
Key events and diary dates
Free School Meals
The Yellow Bus
Sickness & Attendance
West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner
Upcoming events at St Thomas;
All parents/carers welcome, refreshments provided in the Dining Hall
|Term||First Day||Half-Term||Last Day|
|Autumn Term 2018||
Monday 3 September
|Monday 29 to Friday 2 November inclusive||Friday 21 December|
|Monday 7 January||Monday 18 to Friday 22 February inclusive||Friday 12 April|
|Summer Term 2019||Monday 29 April||Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May inclusive||Monday 22 July|
St Thomas will also be closed on the following Inset Days:
Monday 3 September 2018
Monday 5 November 2018
Monday 7 January 2019
Thursday 2 May 2019
Monday 22 July 2019
It is very important for all young people to eat a healthy, balanced diet and Kirklees Catering Service takes this responsibility very seriously. Here are some facts about our service and the meals we offer in school:
• Every menu is tailored to the school after consulting with our customers (you, your children and their teachers)
• We cater for Vegetarian, Halal and special diets in partnership with each school.
• We hold themed events, linked to what’s happening in and out of school, which make lunchtime educational and fun.
• Primary schools have regular visits from our mascot, Munch the friendly dragon, who promotes healthy foods and educates children about healthy eating and lifestyles.
• Schools serve a nutritious and tasty two course meal, prepared daily on site, at a set price of £2.20 per day.
• Our service holds the Food for Life bronze catering mark (working towards the silver) which means menus include a minimum of 75% fresh food, free range eggs, high welfare meat and sustainable fish.
• Research has shown that children concentrate much better if they have eaten a healthy, balanced meal at lunchtime, which can support your child’s learning in school.
• All menus are nutritionally analysed to ensure they meet, and often exceed, Government standards.
• Depending on your circumstances your child may be eligible for free school meals.
There are now two types of Free School Meals:-
Statutory Free School Meals
If you are on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits your child may be eligible for Statutory Free School Meals, children who qualify are also entitled to Free School Milk. To apply or for more information click here to go to Kirklees Council's Free School Meals information page.
Universal Free School Meals
Since September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are not entitled to Statutory Free School Meals are automatically entitled to Universal Free School Meals however this does not include free milk.
Our 'My Bus' school Yellow Bus service runs daily to bring children from Leeds Road area back and forth to school. To find out more about the service visit these information sites;
School Attendance - Over the last few years there have been many discussions nationally about children attending school and the impact absence has on the child’s development and academic achievements. Some of this information is confusing and some parents never quite know what impact their child’s absence has on their attainment (what grades they get) and achievements (how much progress they make). This information sheet has therefore been produced to support all parents in making the right choices about school attendance.
Percentages - A child who attends school every day for the whole year is awarded with 100% and this is celebrated in every school. However we are realistic and know that most children at sometime or other will have a minor illness. The average attendance for a child in England is 95%.
Facts from the Authority -
90% attendance = ½ day missed every week!
90% attendance = 1 day missed every other week!
90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed!
90% attendance over 5 years of school = ½ a school year missed!
Research suggests that 17 missed school days a year = GCSE grade DROP in achievement. (DfE)
So what happens if your child is ill? - If your child is ill, you have a responsibility to inform the school of their illness by 8:30am each day for every day of illness. A child should not return to school until they are fit and well.
Persistent Absence - Any child whose attendance falls below 90% is regarded nationally as a child who has persistent absence. The government is very concerned with this and has invested heavily to monitor the attendance of these children. Schools have targets to reduce the levels of persistent absence and Attendance Officers work closely with families to support them in getting their children to school each day. Each child and family will be given targets for attendance and these will be closely monitored by a range of agencies outside of school.
Holidays - Holidays are still classified as absences and will still count towards your child’s attendance figure. If you choose to remove your child from school to take them on holiday, a request in writing must be presented to the Headteacher at least 2 weeks before the date of the holiday.
Sickness and Holidays - A child who has been absent from school for 10 days in total due to illness and then takes ten days holiday from school may be classed as a persistent absentee due to the amount of time they are away from school. This applies to each new school year.
Lateness - If your child is late to school, they must sign in at the school office and a reason for the lateness must be provided. If a reason is not provided or if your child arrives after the register has closed an unauthorised absence mark will be given. Repeated lateness due to the traffic is not authorised.
Dental Appointments - Unless your child is receiving extensive dental treatment, all dentist appointments should be made out of the school day.
Attend and Achieve! - If a school can improve attendance by 1%, they will see a 5-6% improvement in attainment. (DfE)
Penalty Notices - The document below offers information on penalty notices and unauthorised holidays.
Please help us and your child by ensuring their attendance remains above 95%, allowing them to achieve their potential.
Please click on this link to view the full version: https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/our-business/the-police-crime-plan.aspx