Welfare and Safeguarding


St Thomas à Becket school attendance target this year is 97%

Every day of absence is 5 hours missed learning.
A student with 90% attendance will have missed 4 weeks of learning by the end of the year.
That is 95 missed hours of learning!
The impact of poor attendance on learning, progress and achievement is striking.

Extensive research published by the Government shows that pupils with good attendance rates are over 4 times more likely to achieve 5 good GCSEs, including English and maths, and 22 times more likely to achieve the English Baccalaureate, than pupils with poor attendance.

We regularly complete references for pupils going onto college or employment and we are always asked to report on attendance and punctuality.  Pupils with poor attendance are more likely not to get the college places or job opportunity that they are applying for.

Please be aware that poor attendance will lead to referrals to our Educational Welfare Team and Wakefield Social Services and may lead to the issuing of financial penalties and further investigations.

To report an absence:

Any daily absences should be reported before 9am.  To do this you can:

Call 01924 303545 and select option 5 to report a pupil absence


Use SchoolComms to send a message explaining why your child is not in school.  (Remember to use your child’s full name and form group)

If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance do not hesitate to contact Bev Bannister/Alison Sheard – School Attendance Officers

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

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