St Thomas' expects that each child will record attendance of at least 96%.
Absence from School - a Reminder (taken from KCC Code of Conduct for Penalty Notices)
All parents of (or someone who is responsible for) a child aged 5 to 16, are legally responsible for making sure your child attends school regularly. Regular and punctual attendance is also essential in order for children to maximise the opportunities available to them. The percentage of attendance should be 96% or above. The Attendance Officer has regular meetings with the school regarding absences, and persistent lateness. Where there are concerns he/she will visit those parents.
Ensuring regular and punctual attendance will:
- give your child the best possible start in life
- help your child make the most of educational opportunities
- instill your child with good time keeping habits
- prepare your child for the world of work
Please do everything possible to help your child attend school and support their learning. Shopping trips, birthdays, waiting for a delivery, outings, visits to/from relatives are NOT acceptable reasons for missing school.
If your child is too ill to attend school, you are expected to telephone at the beginning of the day to tell us what is wrong with your child. This applies if your child has been absent from school the previous day.
If you do not contact the school or the Academy Princpal is not satisfied that the absence could not be avoided, it may be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
The Academy Principal cannot authorise absence for family holidays during term time, unless there are considered to be 'exceptional circumstances'. If you have an exceptional reason to request leave of absence for your child, please speak to the Academy Principal. Convenience for family members and leave from work will not automatically constitute an exceptional circumstance.
It is important that children arrive at school on time. This encourages habits of good time keeping and lessens classroom disruption. If your child arrives late without a valid reason, this may be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
At St Thomas' Catholic Primary School children should be in school by 8.45 am daily to be in class and ready for learning at 8.50 am.
Please note that the gate closes at 8.50 am.