Quite simply a stunning week from Year 7 with Thursday in particular incredibly well attended. Year 8 and Year 9 equally had some good days, however unusually for Year 10 they saw a drop this week compared to previous weeks’ solid attendance.
A yo-yo week in terms of attendance for some year groups, whilst others are continuing to perform consistently well. Special recognition to Years 7 and 10 for a slow start to the week but as a collective are either at or above nationally recognised levels of good attendance.
Comparing the end of the half term this year to the same point last year, we have made some huge improvements. Last year, in terms of percentage, we barely made the high 80s - a range of issues and illnesses from; several strains of flu, to parents taking children on holiday, or simply just having a day off -all contributed to a low figure.
Regular readers of the Newsflash will note that good school attendance and punctuality play very high on our school improvement agenda. If the pupils are not in, they cannot learn. Unfortunately, in all the schools I have worked in or with, in supporting those schools to be better, pupil attendance issues have featured far too many times. Trying to gain as much parent and carer support in improving both custom and practice has time and again been the biggest hurdle to overcome.
Another strange week for attendance with some very irregular patterns emerging. For example, on Tuesday Year 9 had 97% attendance but the following day only 90%. That is a huge 7% difference in the space of 24 hours.
Strange week for attendance this week as some year groups have performed exceptionally well however, there has been quite a lot of fluctuation; Year 8 as an example starting strongly with 94% but only managing 88% attendance on Thursday.