Behaviour and Attendance

Behaviour Expectations

At Holy Trinity C of E Primary School and Nursery, we believe and enforce that all pupils and adults have the right to work and develop in an atmosphere of mutual respect, where positive relationships are valued within the school and the wider community.

Throughout the school, we strive to:

  • Have a happy and caring atmosphere around school that provides an unwaveringly calm, safe, and stimulating environment for learning
  • Have a positive, constructive approach to behaviour that fosters a supportive framework for children’s learning journeys
  • Develop an accurate knowledge of what is right and wrong which are guided by our Christian values of Love, Honesty, and Respect.
  • Establish class, hall and playground-based routines which ensure everyone is ready to learn when transitioning from one area of the school to another.
  • Outline the expectations and consequences of behaviour
  • Provide a consistent approach to behaviour management that is applied fairly and legally to all pupils
  • Embed the accurate use of Restorative Approaches in all aspects of school life.
  • Ensure all adults include Active Listening skills when addressing behaviours which have gone wrong
  • Define what we consider to be unacceptable behaviour, including bullying and discrimination
Convention on the Rights of Children

Playground Charter

United Nations ConventionChildren will...Adults will...
Article 31: All Children have the right to play and rest.• Go outside to get lots of fresh air and exercise
• Invite others to join games and conversations
• Respect others when they choose to rest
• Play fairly, allowing everyone to have a turn
• Make sure that children go outside and make good use of their playtime
• Provide lots of different play equipment
• Teach games and join in some games
• Allow children to rest, if they choose to
• Make sure that everyone is playing fairly and taking turns
Article 15: You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups as long as it isn’t harmful to others.• Ensure that everyone is treated equally in a group, no one is the boss
• Respect each other’s choices about who we want to play with
• Make sure that no one is left out or has no one to play with; be inclusive.
• Make sure there is space to play fairly in groups
• Help sort out problems if children are not listening to each other
• Watch out for children who are not being included in games and help them to join a game or group.
Article 19: You have the right to be safe in body and mind.• Play safely
• Not play fight
• Speak and act kindly and politely to everyone with no bad language or
name calling
• Speak out about bullying and tell an adult.
• Let our friends or adults know when their words or actions hurt us
• Always focus, watching out for any problems and make sure children are
playing safely
• Give first aid and comfort if children are hurt
• Listen to children if they are upset and hear both sides of a problem
• Be approachable so that children are able to talk freely
Article 12: You have the right to give your opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously.• Listen when others are talking, do not interrupt
• Understand that everyone has an opinion and that we will not always agree
• Speak politely to adults and children when giving our opinions and ideas
• Always tell the truth
• Always speak politely and calmly
• Listen carefully to what is said
• Listen to both sides of a situation and not jump to conclusions
• Take opinions seriously
• Act on ideas
• Be patient
Article 16: You have the right to privacy.• Allow others to use the toilets in privacy
• Give others space to do their own thing
• Say when we want to keep something private
• Stay out of situations that have nothing to do with us.
• Check regularly that the toilet area is being used sensibly
• Talk to children away from others if it is something private or upsetting
• Explain if something is private and cannot be shared
• Only share things about children with other adults who need to know.


At Holy Trinity Primary we are working closely as a school family to improve our attendance levels so that each child is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.

Good attendance is a skill for life and attendance has an impact on a child’s whole school experience.  As well as affecting your child’s academic potential, poor or irregular attendance can have an impact on your child’s friendships, self-esteem and confidence.

We monitor the attendance of every child in the school. If we have concerns about your child’s attendance then in the first instance we will contact you to offer support, however if your child’s attendance continues to pose a problem then you will be requested to attend an Attendance Meeting with the school and / or Kent County Attendance Officer.

90 % attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:

  • One half day each week
  • Nearly four weeks every school year
  • Over one school year in a school career

A child whose attendance falls below 80% will rarely achieve their potential.

The minimum acceptable attendance is 96%.

Holy Trinity C E Primary School will not authorise any term time holiday and therefore any holidays taken during term time will be recorded as unauthorised.

Children who are absent for holidays, visiting family far away or abroad, for 5 days or more will be liable to a penalty notice and fine for taking their children out of school. In addition, the child may lose their school place.

Attendance Initiatives

  1. An attendance display adjacent to the school hall and on the school website to show the attendance of each class for the week.
  2. At Friday’s Celebration Worship, the class with the most attendance will be awarded the Attendance Cup for the week.
  3. At the end of each term, an assembly for pupils with 100% attendance will be held. Parents are invited and help to celebrate their children getting certificates and a small treat such as a cake or fruit kebab will be shared.
  4. At the end of Terms 2, 4 and 6, one lucky child, who has attended 100% of the time, will win a bicycle via a raffle.
  5. Children with 100% attendance each week will receive a sticker.
  6. Children with 100% attendance across the year, will have a special event/trip to celebrate this wonderful achievement.

To view our Attendance Policy, visit our Policy Page