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Attendance and Opening Times

Attendance at Thornhill Primary School

 

Year group

Start

Finish

R

8.55am

3.00pm

1

8.50am

2.55pm

2

8.45am

2.50pm

3

8.40am

2.45pm

4

8.50am

2.55pm

5

8.45am

2.50pm

6

8.40am

2.45pm

 

At Thornhill Primary School we aim for all children’s attendance to be at least 96%, in line with national expectations for school attendance. If your child’s attendance drops below 96% their learning will be affected. 

 

Improving attendance is a school priority, therefore twice weekly auditing of attendance will take place and the following trigger points have been agreed.

 

Trigger 1 – Attendance falls below 96%; a letter will be sent home to explain that attendance is close to the danger zone where a child’s learning will be adversely affected.

Trigger 2 – Attendance falls below 95%; a second letter will be sent to inform that attendance will be closely monitored for 2 weeks.

Trigger 3 – Attendance falls below 94%; an attendance meeting will be held between parent/carers and members of the school attendance team (Headteacher, Assistant Head, HSLO).  An attendance action plan will be agreed and reviewed fortnightly.

Trigger 4 – Attendance continues to drop; a referral will be made to Education Welfare Service (EWS).

As part of this process, daily phone calls will be made to clarify the reasoning behind a child’s absence.  There is also the expectation that you (parents or carers) will contact the school and inform us of a reason for your child’s absence.

 

At the end of each half term:

 

  • A GOLD certificate means that your child has achieved 100% attendance which is fantastic – a big THANK YOU and huge WELL DONE from us!
  • A GREEN letter means that your child has attendance which is on or above the 96% minimum expectation – keep up the good work!
  • A YELLOW letter means that whilst your child’s attendance is not yet “concerning” their attendance is below 96% and therefore they have had an above average amount of time off school this year. It may be that these absences have been due to illness but we feel you should be aware that their attendance needs to improve over the coming term.
  • A RED letter this means that they have had significant periods of time off school this year (below 90% - persistent absentee) and missing large chunks of learning time.  
  • Children with attendance of 96% or above will receive a small treat every half term to celebrate their successful attendance.

 

 

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