At St Matthew’s CE Primary School we have high expectations of our pupils’ attendance, and expect them all to come to school every day, on time, unless they are unwell.

96% attendance is the minimum we expect. We never authorise holidays during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Rewarding good attendance:

We place a high emphasis on rewarding those pupils who come to school every day. Rewards include:

  • daily attendance is one way of earning house points which are recorded by the teachers through class dojo in which dojo/house points add up to green cards and ultimately bronze, silver and gold certificates.
  • Children who have a high attendance % are entered into a draw to win prizes at the end of each long term (3 times a year)
  • special rewards from the Headteacher- a Gold Headteacher award

Improving unsatisfactory attendance:

Where a pupil’s attendance is less than 96%, we use a number of strategies to seek an improvement. These include:

  • writing or calling a parent / carer
  • meeting with parent / carer with the school Family Liaison Officer, the Attendance Clerk and a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
  • seeking medical evidence / proof of illness
  • close monitoring by the Attendance Officer to identify any improvements.
  • referral to Kent County Council for an Early Help Notification- this will trigger additional support by the Early Help Team to discuss strategies to enable improved attendance.
  • referral to the County School Liaison Officer who will work with families. Persistent absence may lead to a fixed penalty fine.
  • all families who remove their child/ children from school for a holiday will be subject to a fine.

Please refer to the Attendance Policy for additional information.

Please refer to the table below which shows the clear impact on attainment that good attendance has for a child. We continue to reward our children who have good/outstanding attendance throughout the school year.

Attendance and the Impact on Attainment.