St Thomas a Becket presents this year’s school production…….BUGSY MALONE 5th, 6th & 7th July 2022-Tickets available to buy from Reception

Attendance & Absence

Excellent attendance at school really matters. Pupils who don’t attend regularly:

  • Get behind with work
  • Lose the thread of the topics being taught
  • Become demotivated on return to school
  • Lose friendships
  • Miss out on important careers guidance inputs
  • Miss out on extra-curricular opportunities
  • Are less likely to feel part of the school

Our school benchmark for attendance is 96% – the minimum level of attendance we expect.


Perhaps 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks.

For help and advice in supporting your child’s attendance, please contact school or follow this link to the WMDC ‘Attendance Matters’ page.

Notifying School of an Absence

If a pupil does need to be away from school, parents/guardians are asked to contact school on the first day of absence.

Please call 01924 – 303545 and press 5 for attendance.

When your child returns to school, send in a note explaining the absence.

Try to take medical appointments outside of school if possible; if not try to make at the beginning of the day or the end of the school day.

If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance do not hesitate to contact Bev Bannister – School Attendance Officer to discuss.

Please note that we do not authorise any holidays in school time.

Term Dates


Autumn A:     Tues 7 Sept – Thurs 21 Oct (7 week term)

Autumn B:     Mon 2 Nov – Fri 17 Dec (7 week term)

Spring A:       Tues 4 Jan -Fri 18 Feb  (7 week term)

Spring B:       Mon 28 Feb -Fri 8 Apr (6 week term)  (Fri 15th Apr is Good Friday with Easter falling on Sunday 17th Apr)

Summer A:    Mon 25 Apr – Fri 27 May (5 week term)  (May Bank Holiday falls on Monday 2nd May)

Summer B:    Mon 6 Jun – Thurs 21 July (7 week term)