Thomas Becket Catholic School

Thomas Becket Catholic School

Thomas Becket Catholic School aims to encourage students to achieve the best possible levels of attendance in order to take full advantage of the learning experiences available to them.  

The school offers an environment in which children feel welcomed and valued.  Through the ethos of our school, children will be aware that their presence in school is important and they will be missed if they are absent or late.  

Attendance Procedure 

Illness and Medical Appointments

If your child is unwell, you should contact the school before 9.15am on the first day of absence, informing the school of the reason for the absence. 

If we do not hear from a parent/carer the school attendance office will endeavour to contact home to ensure students are safe. 

a) Every effort should be made to arrange medical appointments outside school hours.

b) An appointment card or verification by the doctors/dentist/hospital is required both for late arrivals and for absences and handed into Reception.

c) If it is necessary for your child to be out of school for this reason they should be returned to school directly after the appointment.


96% + Excellent - Well done! This will help all aspects of your child's progress and life in school. This will give them a good start in life and supports a positive work ethic.

85-95% Unacceptable - Absence is now affecting attainment and progress at school and causing serious concern. Please work with the school urgently to improve the situation. All students below 95% will be monitored by attendance. 

Good attendance at school is vital for students to achieve their full educational potential. Students with good attendance records benefit in the following ways:

  • Continuity of learning which makes progress and retention easier
  • Enhanced performance in exams
  • Continuity of relationships and friendships
  • Good references for further education or employment
  • Good habits are formed for later life
  • Research shows that attendance has a direct impact on GCSE results.  If a pupil's attendance is less than 50% throughout their school life they are less likely to succeed in their GCSE exams. In fact, only 3% of these pupils do.        
  • For pupils who miss between 10%-20% of school, only 35% manage to succeed in their GCSE exams. 
  • However for pupils who attend at least 95% of the time, 73% achieve above the national benchmark for GCSEs including in English and maths. 

The DfE defines Persistent Absentees as school-age pupils missing more than 10% of sessions in a school year.

For more information please read our Attendance Policy, which is available to download below.